50 thousand rupees fine for immersion of unauthorized idols in river Ganga

By Naveen Bharat Editorial

DEHRADUN: Those immersing idols and other objects in the Ganges other than the designated ghats and places in Haridwar will be fined Rs 50,000 along with legal action.

Acting on the directions of the National Green Tribunal, the Haridwar district administration has issued instructions in this regard. Haridwar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Dayanand Saraswati said: “A total of three places have been designated for idol immersion in the current festive season. Any immersion other than these places will attract a fine of Rs 50,000 along with legal action.

The pollution in the holy river increased after the immersion of countless idols after the Durga Puja festival began. A study conducted by researchers from Doon University has indicated ‘very high presence of pollutants in urban stretches of Ganga in Rishikesh and Haridwar’.

The researchers traced the occurrence of 15 different pharmaceuticals and personal care products to Rishikesh and Haridwar as well as in the course of their study conducted over three sessions.

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