￭ For immersion in sea and rivers
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently issued directives regarding the immersion of idol of god and goddess in the water.
The tribunal has fixed the height of the idols to be immersed in sea at 8 to 10 feet, while idols to be immersed in the river or lake at 5 feet.
The then judicial member of the NGT V R Kingaonkar and his associates Dr P C Mishra, Ranjan Chatterjee and Vikramsingh Sajwan recently canceled the order of the Gujarat government's forest and environment department dated January 23, 2012 to ban the production of idols of god and goddess made from Plaster of Paris and issued the aforesaid directives in this regard.
The NGT also issued an order to appoint an expert committee to study the effect on the quality of water after immersion of idols made from Plaster of Paris in sea and the river. These directives have been issued to Gujarat Pollution Control Board and all other pollution control boards in the country coming under the jurisdiction of the water Act.
The order further stated that this procedure should be completed within three months and above mentioned respondents should issue proper guidelines. Later, a report in this regard should be sent to the NGT.
Maharashtra Expert Committee established
As per the order of the NGT, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Mumbai established an Expert Committee on June 15, 2013. The principal scientific officer of the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board is the chairman of this committee. The scientist of NIRI, Mumbai, Rakeshkumar, former engineer of the Board R G Pethe and publicity officer of the board are the members of this committee. The joint director of the board is member co-ordinator and the member secretary is V M Motghare.