CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Saturday issued guidelines for the dumping of idols in bodies of water for the celebration of Vinayagar Chathurthi on August 31.
According to a press release, “The idols made of only natural, biodegradable and environmentally friendly raw materials without any toxic inorganic raw materials like traditional virtuous clay and mud as well as without plaster of paris plastic and thermocol (polystyrene) should only be allowed for safe immersion in bodies of water. People should only use single-use plastic and thermocol materials are strictly not allowed”
In addition, environmentally friendly materials such as straw structure, dried flower components should be used in making idols or decorating idols, pandals. For the embellishment of idols, removable and washable decorative garments made only with natural materials and dyes should be used instead of disposable materials containing paints and other toxic chemicals to prevent pollution of water bodies.
In addition, the statement said the public is requested to immerse the idols only in places notified for each district by the district administration and the guidelines specified by the TNPCB. They also asked to celebrate the festival without polluting the environment.