MBMC moots Pune-pattern for  home-based idol immersions

Bhayandar : After mysteriously scrapping the project of creating eco-friendly ponds for three consecutive years, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has 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 counterparts in Pune, the MBMC has now geared up to introduce “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 (PoP).

A live demonstration was held at the main administrative building of the MBMC on Wednesday in which it was shown that quantum of baking powder should be approximately equal to the weight of the idol, this after removal of decorative items. Once the idol is immersed in a bucket or a drum full of water, the mixture has to be stirred every two to three hours and the idol dissolves completely within 48 hours.

“While the eco-friendly process can also be implemented by mandals, a maximum number of idols are from household celebrations, so this year our focus would be on reaching out to residents with free supply of ammonium carbonate which carries a price tag of around Rs. 14 per kilogram,” informed Mayor Geeta Jain.

The residue left is ammonium sulphate – a known fertiliser which can be used for watering plants.

“It’s our sincere effort to try and minimize water pollution, however active public participation would be needed for the success of this venture,” said civic chief Dr Naresh Gite.

Churned out by experts from the National Chemical Laboratory and Cummins India, the green disposal process has been successfully implemented in Pune.

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Figures speak

With 1, 964 immersions recorded on the final day, the total number of Lord Ganesh idols which graced the twin-city touched the 17,645 mark last year. This including final day farewells to 1,633 household and 331 Sarvajanik Ganpati idols at the 22 immersion spots across the Mira Bhayandar region.

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