The idol making work for Durga Puja (October 2010) is almost started in Kumartuli, famous Durga idol making centre in Kolkata, of West Bengal. This Durga Puja will be an initiative for eco-friendly Durga puja. The State Government of West Bengal will distribute lead-free paints to artisans for pollution-free Durga idol immersion. Durga Puja 2010 begins in 2nd week of October and ends in third week of the month.
Indian Express reports:
As idol-making work is about to begin at Kumartuli for the autumn festival, the state Environment department has decided to distribute lead-free paints to the artisans.
Every year thousands of idols prepared by using lead paint are immersed in the Ganga river after Durga Puja, which leads to contamination of water.
The officials of the Environment department and the Pollution Control Board recently met about 60 artisans at Kumartuli to persuade them to use lead-free paints.
“ We have decided to provide lead-free paint worth Rs 1 lakh to artisans at Kumartuli. Besides, a campaign will also be launched to dissuade people from using lead paint during the making of idols. We have also asked the manufacturers to clearly display lead-free paints,” said Biswajeet Mukherjee, the chief environment law officer of the Environment department. Experts said lead-laden paints are banned in the Western countries.