DC Gurudatta Hegde says Ganesh idol height should not exceed 5ft

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Gurudatta Hegade
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Dharwad: With the Ganesh festival approaching and the government pushing for eco-friendly celebrations, the district administration has implemented a host of measures to limit the usage of chemicals used in the creation of the idol as well as décor items.

It has been decided to absolutely prohibit the use of Plaster of Paris (PoP) in the making of Ganesh idols and their installation during the Ganesh festival. On Thursday, a decision to this effect was made during a preliminary meeting on the Ganesh festival headed by Deputy Commissioner Gurudatta Hegde in his office.

Hegde, who presided over a meeting of district-level officers from various departments and Ganesh Mahamandals, stated that the State government and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) have issued guidelines on the installation of Ganesh idols in public places, and that these guidelines should be strictly followed.

According to the DC, the maximum height of Ganesh idols to be put in public locations should be 5 feet, and they should be made of clay. Installing Ganesh idols and immersing them in bodies of water will result in a Rs 10,000 fine and imprisonment, he added.

The organizations who install Lord Ganesha idols have to obtain necessary permission and they have to follow all the guidelines. For issuing permission a single-window facility has been created, he said.

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