In 2017, more than 1,000 idols were immersed in the city ghats. But the remains of Durga idols along these ghats have caused heartache to environment activists.
Further, the long queues for the immersion process also increase the risks of an untoward incident.
To address these issues, the Kolkata Police have come up with a new concept. Immersion in the city ghats will now be conducted using a conveyor belt system.
Apart from the conveyor belt, an automatic machine to record the number of idols and to verify the organizer’s documents will be used.
The Kolkata Police have already called for a tender to implement the process at the Baje Kadamtala ghat in the city. The system will cost 12 crore and responsibilities will handed at an auction. An official of the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar said this step had been taken following instructions from the Nation Green Tribunal.
Out of the 4,000 Durga Pujas in the city, some 800-900 idols are immersed at the Baje Kadamtala ghat.
Joint secretary of the Forum for Durgotsab, Swasata Basu, however said, “We have not been informed yet.”
Eighteen years ago, environment activist Subhash Dutta first filed a case against water pollution due to idol immersion. The court then asked the state government to take steps to deal with the problem. Subhash Dutt said, “We will be glad if police have taken any such step. We need to know how they will drain the polluted water after immersion.”
Kalyan Rudra, chairman of the State Pollution Control board said, “This project will be implemented with the guidance of the central pollution control board.
Source: Times of India