Pune : PCMC encourages idol makers and sellers to register with civic body: Emphasizing Eco-Friendly Ganeshotsav and Navratri Celebrations

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By: Pune Pulse

July 3, 2023

Pune: In line with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines that ban the production and making of PoP idols, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, through a circular,  has appealed to people to celebrate the festivals of Ganeshotsav and Navratri in an eco-friendly way.    

It is worthy to note that Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), in the last few years, has always appealed to people to adopt eco-friendly idols and worship materials. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines dated May 12, 2020,  the production of PoP idols has been banned. Therefore, this year as well the PCMC has appealed to all the artisans, sculptors and manufacturers to sell only environmentally friendly idols in the municipal area. All the artisans, sculptors and manufacturers of idols are advised to use only the natural colour of eco-friendly Shadu clay to produce clay idols that are easily soluble in water. 

The PCMC has made it clear that as per the guidelines of the CPCB, it is necessary to register with the Municipal Corporation for making or selling idols within its jurisdiction. Additionally, unregistered artisans, sculptors and manufacturers will not be allowed to sell idols and legal action will be taken against them. 

The circular further states that It is mandatory for artisans, sculptors and manufacturers who make or sell idols to get permission from the Municipal Corporations and Licensing Department. It is also mandatory to place one copy of it in front of the shop. The PCMC has also requested the citizens to celebrate festivals like Ganeshotsav / Navaratrotsav by using only eco-friendly Shadu soil natural colours, eco-friendly idols and decorative puja materials that are easily soluble in water.

Shreyas Vange