Water pollution during the Ganesh festival has been reaching alarming levels of late. Huge idols made of Plaster of Paris and coloured in toxic chemicals are immersed into both inland water bodies and seas. It doesn't end there; this is usually accompanied with a lot of food, flowers, offal and plastic wastes being dumped into the water. Aquatic life has suffered gravely at the hands of Indian festivals. Although several groups have emerged that practise eco-friendly idol making and immersion, a complete switch must be made from P.O.P to biodegradable materials urgently to prevent further aquatic hazards.
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