KMC removes bamboo structures of idols within 12 hrs
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) removed all the structures of Durga idols from the immersion ghats within 12 hours after the idols were immersed in River Hooghly on Tuesday evening.
While driving down along Strand Road where most of the ghats are situated not a single structure is found lying on the road. It may be recalled that during the Left Front regime, structures used to be kept up on the street and KMC took nearly a month to remove them. The sole credit to clean the area within 12 hours after immersion goes to mayor Sovan Chatterjee.
There are 25 ghats in Kolkata where immersion was allowed. The ghats had been brightly illuminated and policemen were deployed to maintain peace. Most of idols that took park in the grand carnival on Red Road have been immersed.
The KMC made elaborate arrangements to ensure that the bamboo structures used to make the idols were removed immediately. Sovan Chatterjee held a series of meetings with Debashis Kumar, member , Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Squares) and other senior officials of KMC and prepared the blueprint. Soon after an idol is immersed in the river, civic staff removed the structures and with the help of heavy duty cranes they were put on trucks and taken away.
It may be mentioned that state Environment department has taken up a move to ensure that all the artisans use lead-free colours from next year. Sovan Chatterjee who is also the state Environment minister distributed lead-free colours among the artisans and steps have been already taken so that the artisans use the lead free colours to paint Kali and Jagadhatri idols. Chatterjee hoped that soon all the artisans will use lead-free colours to paint the idols.