Pune: Year after year the same old story repeats, as citizens bring Ganesh idols at home with much fanfare, but while immersing them, they really do not care about immersion and knowingly-unknowingly, create river pollution. Every year, the volunteers gather around at river banks to pull out broken Ganesh idols from the rivers.
The Indo Cyclist Club (ICC), Rotary Club of Nigdi Pune, Savarkar Mandal, Sanskar Pratishthan and other such NGOs of Pimpri Chinchwad have pulled out more than 3,000 Ganesh idols from Pavana river bank near Aditya Birla Hospital in Chinchwad.
Despite the artificial pond installed at the river bank, devotees immersed the idols in the Pavana river.
Gajanan Khaire, Founder President of ICC, said, “From last three years, we have been doing this act of removing broken Ganesh idols from the river bank. In total, there were 200 volunteers from different NGOs and from ICC, there were seven members. We carry out this activity from 6 am to 9 am on the day after Ganesh immersion.”
“This year, the number of Ganpati idols recovered from the river is more compared with last year, as this year, we recovered more than 3,000 Ganpati idols whereas last year, around 2,000 Ganpati idols were removed from the same river bank. We had to go 100 meters deep to fetch these idols. Despite artificial pond being installed at the river bank, people immersed Ganpati idols in the river,” Khaire added.
Subhash Jaisinghani, President of Rotary Club of Nigdi Pune, said, “This was the first time that we carried out this activity at Pavana river bank. There were eight members of our club. And after looking at the condition of the idols and river, we realised that the depth of the river bed is decreasing and the aquatic life is also getting affected by river pollution. All NGOs have decided that the next year, we will conduct more awareness camps to prevent river pollution. The recovered Ganesh idols have been handed over to the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.”