Various members of the Ganesh Mandals, Idol makers, MLAs Sambhaji L. Patil and Sanjay B. Patil and former MLA Abhay Patil took out a procession against the ban on Plaster of Paris (PoP)-made idols of Lord Ganesh.
They demonstrated at the DC office demanding the withdraw of ban.
Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has already issued orders banning use of PoP for Ganesha idols.
The protesters said Belagavi had a large number of Ganesh Mandals and it is a very big festival celebrated in this part of the state which attracts many visitors. Big idols making out of clay is difficult, the idol makers said.
The State government should withdraw the ban and allow the use of PoP, they added. A memorandum was submitted to the deputy commissioner.