As the citizens bid adieu to Lord Ganesha on the 10th day today, the immersion process of idols has begun and the Bappa devotees are heading towards some major lakes for Visarjan. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) along with few NGO’s has made some arrangements to prevent lakes from getting adulterated due to the harmful and toxic materials releasing from the idols,
Green Vigil Foundation has constantly been working on the visarjan on Futala Lake since the second day of the Ganesha festival with septic tanks and disposals provided by NMC for the immersion process. Green Vigil was also seen requesting people to immerse the idol into septic tanks especially the ones which are made of POP.
The NGO is also getting help from the on-ground Nuisance Detection Squad (NDS) deployed by NMC at Futala lake. The squad has members from Air Force, Army, and even Navy who are looking after people’s security.
It is seen that many of the citizens who believe in only immersing the idols in the lake are not at all supportive and even after requesting them and explaining them about the pollution caused by the action are blindly ignoring the efforts taken by Green Vigil. To date, around 3000 idols have been immersed in the septic tanks.
When Team TLN visited the location to witness an on-ground process, the founder of Green Vigil, Kaustubh Chatergee showed a live example of how the citizens are reacting to their requests. It was seen that a man who was convinced for a time being after many requests and efforts by Chatergee, but later he totally ignored the tanks and went for the lake to immerse his Ganesha Idol. We are winning a battle but on the same day we are losing a war, said Chatergee looking at the condition of the lake in just one day.
Chatergee further added, “We were successful in convincing the people for immersing the idol into septic tanks and more than 1200 idols were immersed on the second last day of Visarjan, which is September 11.
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