Banglaore rolls out mobile tanks for Ganesha idol immersion

September 3rd, 2008 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Sep 3 (IANS) Concerned about the pollution of its lakes, civic authorities in India’s IT hub Wednesday on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi sent out over 20 mobile tanks to help devotees immerse their Ganesha idols. The greater Bangalore city corporation and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board each deployed 11 mobile immersion tanks that went round the city Wednesday from five p.m. onwards, a spokesperson of the civic body said.

Several thousands of plaster of Paris idols painted with chemical colours immersed annually in Bangalore’s lakes have been polluting the water bodies.

In recent years the civic authorities have tried to minimise the damage to the lakes by deploying mobile immersion tanks.

Since many devotees prefer to immerse the idols in the lakes, the authorities have designated three water bodies for the purpose. They have barricaded a 40 feet by 40 feet area in the three lakes where immersion is allowed.

People have to remove flowers and other decorative items and hand over the idols to trained swimmers hired by the civic authorities to immerse.

Swimmers are being deployed as there have been instances of people drowning in the lakes while immersing the idols.

Heavy downpour in several areas Wednesday evening marred the celebrations.

However, there was no rain Wednesday morning and this enabled thousands of people to visit Ganesh temples in the city.

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