SHILLONG, Oct 11: Even as it is seeking a set of rules and policy from the part of the State Government towards eco-friendly idol and idol immersion in order to safeguard Meghalaya’s water bodies, the youth wing of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) has lamented that it is yet to see that the state government is taking any steps towards this goal.
“The KHNAM State Youth Wing has written to the Central Puja Committee today, expressing concerned over the continuous pollution of water bodies due to usage of material like Plaster of Paris, clothes, plastics, small iron rods, Bamboo and paints like varnish, water colours which lead to significant alteration in the water quality after immersion,” KHNAM youth wing president, Thomas Passah said here on Thursday.
He also stated that Central Pollution Board has already pointed out the effect of these floating materials released through idol in the river after decomposition which results in eutrophication, increase in acidity and heavy metal concentration, the heavy metal pollution caused by idol immersion further damages the ecosystem.
“It is everyone’s concern and responsibility to safeguard our rivers and water bodies. Therefore, we have urged the Central Puja Committee to come up with a large scale eco-friendly idol immersion process after the puja concludes later this month,” Passah said.
He also said that usage of eco-friendly materials as notified by the Central Pollution Control Board needs to be adhered to. “There is a need to ensure that all the puja pandalsin the state takes the green pledge in the individual capacity. Suggestion for preparation of makeshift pond for mass immersion has also been made to the CPC,” he added.
He also stressed the need for the Government to immediately taken necessary steps and issue necessary guidelines to all concerned with consultation with the State Pollution Board.