Durga Puja: Mixed response to ban on public immersion of Durga Puja idols

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New Delhi [India], October 15 (ANI): The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) order prohibiting people from immersing Durga Puja idols in public places has evoked a mixed reaction in the national capital.

Speaking to ANI, Amarnath, a devotee, said, “I know immersion of idols pollutes the river but the government should also think about religion. This is our religion and all devotees are required to perform rituals at Yamuna Ghat. the wanted.”

He further said that the government should make some alternative arrangements for the devotees.

However, some devotees have supported the decision and said that people should celebrate the festival as per the guidelines in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another devotee outside the Kali temple said, “We will follow the law. Last year also the government had banned the immersion of idols in public places and asked the public to build ponds for idol immersion. This year also we Will follow the guidelines.”

The secretary of the Kali Mandir Society also said that the society would follow the guidelines issued by the government and immerse the idol of Goddess Durga in small ponds.

Earlier on Wednesday, the order issued by the committee said that idol immersion in public places could attract a fine of Rs 50,000.

Immersion has been banned in public places including Yamuna river or any other water body, ponds or ghats.

The Delhi pollution body directed the general public, Residents Welfare Association (RWA) and puja committees that idol immersion rituals can be performed in buckets or containers in the premises of the house.

It further states that worship materials like flowers, decorative materials (made of paper) etc. should be removed before immersion of idols and may be collected separately for disposal or handed over to door-to-door garbage collection vehicle. environment can be protected. .

The committee also directed the municipal authorities and the Delhi Police to ensure strict checks on the entry of vehicles or consignees carrying prohibited idols as their cargo in the national capital. (ANI)

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