Madhyavarthi Sree Ganesh Mahamandal had made a plea to the Deputy Commissioner N Jayram to postpone the implementation of the ban on the use of Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris by one year as the time is very short, but DC has categorically denied any relief and said that the notification of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board would be effectively implemented.
Manufacturer and seller of such idols and those who immersed them in waterbodies would have to pay a fine of Rs.10,000 and undergo imprisonment up to five years as per Section 33(A) of the Water Act, 1974. Superintendent of Police B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda instructed the officials to check Ganesh idols being brought from outside the State into the district.
Now this is a set back for the Various Ganesh mandals almost 387 in city who most of them have ordered Ganesh Idols and the process of making the idols begins 6-8 months ago.
Many Mandals are in a dilemma on how to go ahead with this ban and how they can get a new Idol in such a short time of 30 days.
Ganesh Idol makers who have been traditionally doing this business also face a lot of hardships after this ban as many of the Idols are supplied to neighboring states like Goa and Maharashtra.