The Telangana High Court has directed the state government not to allow idols made of plaster of Paris to be immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake and other large ponds in Hyderabad. A bench of Acting Chief Justice MS Ramachandra Rao and Justice T. Vinod Kumar, after hearing a contempt petition, sought permission to the government to immerse Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris in Baby Pound or any other pond constructed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Council. instructed. This will not cause water pollution in the main water body.
The High Court gave several directions and disposed of the contempt case. The court said that small and eco-friendly statues should be encouraged so that the environment is not affected. Apart from this, the tradition should be carried out in a simple and easy way without overcrowding. The bench, after hearing the petition, directed the government to allow immersion of Ganesh idols made of POP in small or other ponds constructed by GMCH so that the water of the main reservoirs is not contaminated.
"Immersion of non-POP idols may be allowed on the other side of Hussain Sagar lake," the bench said. Immersion can be done at PV Ghat, Secretariat Road, Sanjivaiya Park Road etc. The Court further said that the use of small and eco-friendly idols should be encouraged to avoid the impact on the environment and also for conducting rituals in a simple and easy manner without gathering large crowds. A limited number of licenses/permits should be granted by the local/urban bodies to the pandals in their respective areas. On the last day of immersion of Ganesh idols in Hussain Sagar lake, adequate number of masks should be made available by the Hyderabad Municipal body free of cost.