Vinayaka Chathurthi in Madurai to be Pollution-free

Vinayaka Chathurthi in Madurai to be Pollution-free in 2014. Vinayaka Chathurthi in 2014 is celebrated on August 29 and immersion will be on September 8.

To prevent fire accidents, temporary sheds erected in housing colonies and public places with the idols should be made of tin and not palm leaves or cloth.

The district administration has announced a set of guidelines to be followed by the public in order to avoid polluting the environment during ‘Vinayakar Chathurthi’ which falls on August 29.

In a statement, Collector L. Subramanian asked the public to buy Vinayaka idols made of raw clay which did not contain chemicals or materials such as Plaster of Paris and synthetic paints which polluted waterbodies when immersed. “Remove garlands and ornaments from the idols before immersion. The height of the idols should not exceed five and a half feet, and prior permission should be obtained for installation of ‘pandals’ and carrying out processions to immerse the idols,” Mr. Subramanian said.

To prevent fire accidents, temporary sheds erected in housing colonies and public places with the idols should be made of tin and not palm leaves or cloth. Bursting of crackers during the procession had been prohibited, the statement said. A list of places for immersion of idols had been made by the administration.

In Madurai, Vaigai north bank, East Thoppu area, Othakadai tank, Vaigai Thaikkal bridge, Tirupparankundram Sevanthikulam tank and Avaniapuram Ayan Pappakudi tank had been identified. Mankatti Teppakulam and Kottampatti Sivan Temple tank had been identified for Melur and wells containing adequate water could be used by residents of Usilampatti. Mottai tank, Saptur Tank, Vandari oorani, Elumalai tank and T. Kallupatti Devankurichi waterbodies could be used by residents of Peraiyur. In Vadipatti, Kumaran tank, Melakkal Vaigai, Thamotharanpatti Thenkarai, Ayyanar Temple oorani and Periyaru tank had been earmarked for immersion. Maravankulam tank, Kurayur tank, Aaval Sooranpatti well and Sivarakottai Kamandalanathi waterbody had been selected in Tirumangalam.

Officials said if there was no notified waterbody in an area to immerse idols, local bodies would help clear the idols.

Source – The Hindu.

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