Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has started making preparations to ensure that Ganesh Chaturthi take place without a problem.
To oversee the preparations, the civic body has formed panels in each of its 63 subdivisions with members from the BBMP, police, and BESCOM.
The necessary preparations for the immersion of Ganesha idols in Sankey Tank, Halasuru, Yediyur, Hebbal, and other lakes in the city were directed by BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath during a meeting on Saturday August 20. Each ward will have mobile immersion tanks available.
He said that to maintain cleanliness, solid waste produced at the immersion centres should be periodically collected and shifted. He asked people to observe the festival without using Plaster of Paris (PoP) idols and to do so in an eco-friendly way. “PoP idols are no longer allowed. Joint commissioners and zonal officials must see to it that the offenders are identified and action is taken,” he said.
He gave the officials explicit instructions to ensure that the permission letters granted for huge celebrations contained instructions on adhering to the rules during immersion and keeping the venue’s cleanliness. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has instructed local governments all over the state to take action against those who sell idols made of PoP and chemical colours.