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Ganeshotsav begins: PMC goes the extra mile for eco-friendly celebrations

Giving impetus to eco-friendly Ganesh festival celebrations, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has constructed artificial tanks, steel tanks and set up idol collection centres, while urging residents to not immerse idols and floral waste in water bodies.

The 10-day celebrations took off on Tuesday and will conclude on September 028. “People should not immerse Ganesh idols or dump floral waste in natural water bodies, as PMC has made meticulous arrangements to handle them effectively,” said municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar.

Yogesh Hendre, Public Relation Officer (PRO) of PMC, said the civic body has constructed 42 artificial tanks across the city, and set up 568 steel tanks for people to immerse the idols. “PMC is encouraging the public to donate the idols at the 252 collection centres across the city. In order to recycle the idols, they will be given back to manufacturers, who otherwise procure raw material through an excavation agency,” he added

The civic administration has also set up units to collect floral and food waste at 256 locations in the city so that people dont dump waste in natural water bodies or on open land. “The floral waste or food waste will be decomposed by agencies to produce manure which can be supplied to farmers,” Hendre said. Details of these PMC facilities and their location can be accessed on http://www.pmc.gov.in.

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Many social organisations have joined hands with PMC to collect clay idols and reuse the clay by providing it back to the manufacturer, to discourage excavation of clay, he said, adding that clay idols when immersed in water bodies affect aquatic life. Locations where clay idols can be deposited can be found on http://www.punaravartan.org.

The Ganesh idols immersed in water tanks will be re-immersed at a quarry in Wagholi where special arrangements and manpower has been deputed for the purpose, Hendre said. For public convenience, PMC is also providing 150 mobile water tanks for immersion of Ganesh idols, which will be equally distributed in 15 ward office areas.

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The civic body has set up 400 mobile toilets. People can locate the nearest of the 1,183 toilets from a mobile app. “PMC has deputed one fireman, and two life guards at the immersion locations on the river front, and they will be deputed there till the festival culminates,” said Devendra Potphode, Chief Fire Officer.

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