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GHMC will give out 3 lakh eco-friendly clay idols.

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Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will purchase up to three lakh eco-friendly clay Ganesh idols in three different sizes for free distribution to residents, mandap organisers, and colony welfare associations in response to the Supreme Court’s ban on the immersion of Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris (PoP) in water bodies within Greater Hyderabad limits this year. 2.60 lakh clay idols in the eight-inch (20.32 cm) size, 30,000 in the one-foot (12 inch) size, and 10,000 in the 1.5-foot (18 inch) size will be purchased. On August 10, the six agencies who qualified for the tender process will receive orders worth Rs 1.5 crore.

Khairatabad’s tallest idol

The three lakh idols must be produced by the agencies and sent to the GHMC no later than August 22. A 1.5-foot idol will cost Rs 323, a one-foot idol will cost Rs 130, and an eight-inch idol will cost Rs 31.90. In Khairatabad, Hyderabad, the tallest Ganesh idol is being constructed, and it is made of clay. In addition to GHMC, Telangana Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) would also acquire the clay idols from other organisations and give them to the people.

Increasing awareness

For the next Vinayaka Chavithi celebration in 2022, GHMC officials informed Express that they intended to increase awareness of and encourage the use of eco-friendly clay Ganesh idols by their inhabitants. To that aim, GHMC wishes to provide clay Ganesh idols to its citizens free of charge. In three different sizes, Ganesh clay idols will be purchased and distributed to the public beginning in the last week of this month at GHMC circles and zonal offices. The agencies are required to transport the idols from the manufacturer’s or supplier’s facility to the designated places inside the GHMC boundaries using their own transport or by hiring cars.

Negative Effects of PoP

The celebrations for Ganesh Chaturthi are set to start on August 31. The GHMC wants to promote green Ganesh idols rather than PoP because the latter will have a negative influence on the environment. The Ganesh idols will be constructed from natural clay without the use of artificial additions or biodegradable materials.
For the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations in 2021, the Supreme Court last year approved the immersion of Ganesha idols in the Hussainsagar lake “one more time.”

On a case brought by the GHMC, a three-judge Bench presided over by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana issued the ruling last year. The municipal organisation had requested a stay of a Telangana High Court decision dated September 9, 2021 prohibiting the immersion of Ganesha idols made of PoP in the lake. The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing Telangana, pledged that there will be no immersion of PoP idols beginning in 2022, which served as the foundation for the stay.

promoting a green lifestyle

To direct people toward eco-friendly idols, the civic body is also working with Ganesh pandal organisers and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs). The environmental harm caused by PoP idols and synthetic colours is being brought to the attention of idol builders at the same time, and they are being pushed to create clay idols instead. They claimed that GHMC wanted to raise awareness of the need for eco-friendly clay Ganesh idols among its residents in time for the forthcoming festival.

obeying the court’s instructions

An order from the HC prohibiting the immersion of Ganesh idols made of PoP in Hussainsagar had been challenged by the civic authority. The Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s promise that there will be no immersion of PoP idols beginning in 2022 served as the foundation for the stay.

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