Mumbai: BMC appeals for use of idols made of clay

Civic body says immersion of Plaster of Paris idols causes serious pollution in water bodies

SHEFALI PARAB-PANDITUpdated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 01:29 PM IST
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Eco-friendly Ganesha idol, made of clay | Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai: The BMC has appealed to Mumbaikars to not buy or sell Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) during this year's Ganeshotsav.

The civic body has said immersion of PoP idols causes serious pollution in water bodies and said devotees should bring home idols made of Shadu clay instead.

It has also requested that Ganesha idols brought to homes be less than two feet tall so they easily dissolve.

Shadu clay is natural superfine sedimentary clay. It is water-soluble, non-harmful, non-toxic, and easy to work with.

Thousands of devotees across Maharashtra, including Mumbai, attend idol immersions every year during the Ganeshotsav every year.

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