With Ganesh festival coming soon, Modi has urged the citizens to use eco-friendly idols this year to limit the waste to a minimum. Every year, lakhs of those idols are dumped in the water at the end of the festival, polluting the water.
In Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Ganesh solves our problems and so, we should not make idols that will add on to them. This is something which is not said just by me, but also by idol maker from Pune, Abhijit Dhondphale, organisations from Kolhapur like Nisarg Mitra, Vidnyan Prabodhini, Nisarg Katta from Vidharbha and Jnana Prabodhini."
Abhijit Dhondphale’s family has been making these eco-friendly idols since 1940s and are quite famous for it in the city. Other than Ganesh idols, he has also made a life-sized bust in bronze of General Arunkumar Vaidya, which has been declared as a national monument.
Dhondphale says, "There is a lot of handwork involved in making eco-friendly Ganesha. While mixing the clay, one has to take extra efforts as opposed to usage of moulds for POP idols that set quickly. While making eco-friendly idols, one has to shape individual parts. Moreover, compared to synthetic colours, colouring with natural ones, take time."
Lets hope people follow his examples and use eco-friendly idols in the festival this year!
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