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Maharashtra pollution board promotes eco-friendly Ganesh idols

28 June 2010

MUMBAI: This Ganpati festival devotees may see a lot of eco-friendly idols, provided the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) certified process of idol-making becomes popular and good sense prevails among organisers.

After experimenting on various formulas to come up with eco-friendly idols for the past three years, Pramod Vitthal Palav, a sculptor from Kankavali in Sindhudurg, invented an idol manufacturing process by mixing clay with fig tree juice, paper and glue. This product dissolves in water in less than 15 minutes.

“Plaster of Paris (POP) idols float on water surface and increase pollution,” said Palav.

Palav sent his idol for testing to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) from where it was sent to NEERI.

The NEERI certified it after testing the manufacturing process and the ingredients used. Now, the MPCB has decided to promote this experiment by holding a one-day conference with local sculptors and government officials.

Despite the environmental advantages, shadu mati or clay is not preferred because it makes the idols very heavy……….

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_maharashtra-pollution-board-promotes-eco-friendly-ganesh-idols_1402147


Written by csirindia

June 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

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