Artificial ponds for Ganesh immersion in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is an eco-friendly initiative taken up by some civic bodies in an association of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB). It is to note that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in 2015 will begin from September 17 and end on 27 September with Ganesh Visarjan.
The ponds will be made under guidelines of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB). Instead of immersing the idols directly in the river, people will be asked to immerse them in these artificial ponds adjacent to the river bank.
Officials explained that large pits will be dug near the river bank and layered with thick tarpaulin sheets. They will be filled with water pumped from the river nearby. The sheets will prevent the polluted water from going into the river. Post-immersion, the polluted water in the pits having clay, Plaster of Paris, and artificial colours will be transferred to the corporation’s treatment plants, said an official.
“The basic idea is to change people’s attitude towards the environment and its protection,” said Dipen Shah, managing co-ordinator of Society for Environment Protection, which has provided guidelines to AMC for creation of the ponds.