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No eco-friendly immersion this time as MBMC drops artificial ponds idea

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Taking a cue from their Pune counterparts, last year the MBMC had introduced Jal Abhishek,  a unique environment-friendly technology which involves mixing of ammonium bi-carbonate (baking powder) with water to dissolve idols made of plaster of paris.

Bahayandar : In a clear indication of its apathy towards environment protection, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has again taken an anti-eco-friendly stand by dropping the idea of creating artificial ponds and domestic “Jal Abhishek’s”  for immersing the Lord Ganesh idols this year.

And more shockingly, the lame excuse put forward  is that it did not have time to make arrangements  as the entire machinery was busy on poll duty.


After mysteriously scrapping the project of creating eco-friendly ponds for three consecutive years, the MBMC had finally woken up to the need of checking the unabated pollution of water bodies in the twin-city while immersing idols during the Ganesh festival.

Taking a cue from their Pune counterparts, last year the MBMC had introduced Jal Abhishek, a unique environment-friendly technology which involves mixing of ammonium bi-carbonate (baking powder) with water to dissolve idols made of plaster of paris.

Despite an encouraging response, both these much needed eco-friendly measures have been scrapped this year.

The total number of  Lord Ganesh idols which graced the twin-city touched the 18,000-mark last year. This including final day farewells to 2064 household and more than 300 Sarvajanik Ganapati idols at the 22 immersion spots across the city.

In 2015, the total number of immersions stood at  17,645. Deeply concerned about the deteriorating level of city’s lakes and natural water bodies, environmentalist’s and local citizens  have blamed the MBMC for its anti-eco-friendly approach, this despite of the growing awareness towards  immersions in artificial ponds in other cities.