Wednesday, November 21

2 ghats clean after idol parade

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Baje Kadamtala and Judges Ghat, the two ghats that saw the maximum number of immersions this Puja, looked clean on Wednesday, a day after the idol parade on Red Road.

The Calcutta Municipal Corporation had taken multiple steps to curb pollution in the Hooghly, including the removal of idols from the river within minutes of immersion.

But ponds across Calcutta are still to be fully clean, a civic official said.

On Tuesday evening, about 70 puja organisers took part in the state parade on Red Road, showcasing their idols, in the presence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee and others.

Of these, 43 idols were immersed at Baje Kadamtala and 22 at Nimtala, a civic engineer said.

The arrangements avail- able at some of the Hooghly ghats were absent in the ponds in the city, a civic official said.

That is the reason why idols have been found floating in ponds, the official said.

“We are trying to clear everything as early as possible,” the official said.

There were no cranes to lift idols from ponds and the work was done manually, he said.

More than 3,100 idols were immersed in the Hooghly this year and another 1,200 in the Tolly’s Nullah and ponds.

Durga idols were immersed in 18 ghats and 10 ponds across the city. Fifteen of the ghats are along the Hooghly and three along the Tolly’s Nullah.

Baje Kadamtala and Nimtala are the two ghats where large idols were immersed, the official said.

The Port Trust and the civic body had kept five cranes at Baje Kadamtala and two at Nimtala to lift idols from the river.

Metro had found cranes lifting idols from the water at Baje Kadamtala ghat within minutes of immersion immediately after Puja.

The move prevented the paint from dissolving in the water.

At other ghats, idols were removed manually .

There were some gaps, though. Metro reported on Tuesday that some idols were found floating on the Hooghly for about an hour on Sunday night near Mayer Ghat and Nimtala Ghat.

Source: The Telegraph

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