A bid to make festivals environment-friendly
New Delhi: This festive season, Delhi Police with other agencies will keep a tab to stop the import of idols made of Plaster of Paris from bordering areas. Sources said that city police, in a recent meeting, was told to ensure that in river Yamuna no idol immersion takes place.
Sources told Millennium Post that recently in August a meeting was held to review the preparedness and to discuss the progress made in accordance with the action plan 2019, for Green Idol immersion.
"The Divisional Commissioner asked the police department to strictly ensure that no idol immersion takes place in River Yamuna and if people still reach the bank of River Yamuna for idol immersion, they should be guided and helped by informing them the nearby designated site with artificial ponds where they can do idol immersion," sources said.
Adding further sources revealed that the Divisional Commissioner further emphasized that all the entry points to the Yamuna be kept under proper vigil for this purpose. Sources added that a few days ago Delhi Police released an order in which it was written that as per directions passed by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) regarding non-use of Plaster of Paris and other non-toxic materials in making idols and prohibiting the import of the same from neighbouring states for sale in Delhi during the festivals. DPCC has asked Delhi Police to check borders and stop the import of these idols from neighbouring states.DPCC has appointed nodal officers for conducting these checks for each district.
"It is hereby ordered that joint checking may be conducted by the local police and PCR along with the nodal officers of DPCC for three days September 3 to September 5 for two hours. A report of said checking is to compiled by the concerned district control room and submitted to PHQ" sources said quoting order contents.
Sources revealed that Delhi Police had also written a letter to all districts, stating that different meetings are held at the levels of the police station, subdivision and district in the run-up of these festivals. During such meetings, RWAs/Pooja Samitis should be aware of the rules made by MCD and DPCC and the efforts of the administrative agencies to save the Yamuna river from pollution.
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