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Draw out idols immediately after immersion: NGT

10:34 PM May 31, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

BHOPAL : National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Friday, instructed local authority and district administration to make nets and cranes available at immersion sites so that idols would be taken out immediately after immersion.

NGT also said that local authority and the District Administration should take steps to ensure that wherever such pandals are erected for establishment of idols, permission from the local body be obtained and such permission may contain the condition that the idol from such pandal must be taken for immersion to a particular designated spot only. The rule for the same must also be notified in the condition granted for pandal.

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The District Administration shall convey a copy of such permission granted to local authorities which would ensure that the idol is taken on the designated route for immersion.

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At the point of immersion, the local authority and the District Administration should ensure that there is a responsible Officer in-charge available on the spot to oversee all the arrangements and also make sure that systematic immersion of the idols takes place. To ensure the removal of the idols from the water body on a regular basis, the infrastructure required including cranes etc. for taking out the nets should also be made available as sometime the idols are of very big sizes even exceeding the prescribed limits. For transportation of the immersed idols from the immersion sites to the disposal sites, transportation arrangements and vehicles shall be provided by the local administration/District Administration so that no debris is allowed to remain either in the water or nearby so as to cause any pollution.

The MPPCB shall conduct test on water sample from the places where immersion takes place and adjoining places in the lake both before and after immersion and submit water quality test report on the next date.

Tenders issued for Shahpura Lake repair

As regards the issue pertaining to the Shahpura Lake, the BMC informed NGT that tenders have been issued for carrying out the necessary repair works along the nallah and filtration plant that were discussed on the previous date. It is also submitted that application to the Electricity Department for relocation of the fountain have also been made.

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