After the State government presented a temporary policy regarding idols in the Court on Monday, the High Court issued an order prohibiting the sale of PoP idols. Following that, the NMC’s solid waste management department, acting on the directives of municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B., decided to levy a Rs 10,000 fine on those selling PoP idols.
Zone officials and nuisance detection squads (NDS) have been tasked with enforcing the ban. However, they only have one day to complete the inspection because the Ganesh festival begins on Wednesday.
According to the infor mation received, action will be taken in the areas where Ganesh idols are sold the most. There are talks that action will be taken against shopkeep ers who sold Pop idols as the ones made of clay.
Last year 1,27,776 idols were immersed in artifi cial tanks, of which 6,785 were made of PoP.
This year the municipal commissioner, around 15 days back, issued an order for action against PoP idols. Later the state gov ernment relaxed the norms.
The matter then reached the High Court. On Monday, the High Court banned sale of Pop idols.