As hundreds of citizens took a dip of faith and perform rituals from water of the pond (Kund)—located at Indira Priyadarshini Park beside Hindon River—while immersing Ganesha idols, the water might have dangerous consequences for health, feel city-based environmentalists.
According to environmentalist & lawyer Akash Vashishtha, on whose petition the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had passed an order to check immersion of non bio-degradable idols in water bodies, “The district administration is playing with the faith of the Hindu community who believe that the Kund made for the purpose of immersion of idols is safe to perform rituals. He said that many people also take away the water in bottles thinking that it is potable, however the water is contaminated with sewer and drain filth that flows from nearby drain and mixes with the Kund water, he claimed.
In fact, a complaint to this effect has been made by an activist Pradeep Dahaliya over the online IGRS portal to district magistrate, where he had had asked that the administration put a stop immediately on the practice and to further separate and build the und in a such as way that sewage waster does not fall into it.
Dahaliya told delhincrnews.in that thousands of people come to the Kund for immersion of Ganesh idols during Ganesh Chaturthi and many other will follow for other festivals and hence the administration must expedite the work of the Kund.
Vashishtha however demanded that “the Ghaziabad administration, GDA, GNN and PCB register an FIR under Section 295 IPC against the officials and persons concerned, urgently, cement the bottom and walls of the said Kund and divert the waters (until such waters are treated. The removal of illegal Arthala Lake settlements must also be expedited, in compliance of the NGT directions.”
He also said that Ganesh Chaturthi will be followed by other festivals such s Chhatt, Durga Puja, Dusshera and Diwali and if action is not taken soon the Hindu worshippers will be forced to take a dip and perform rituals in the contaminated water of the Kund.
–By Prasoon Pant