The district administration has notified the places where Vinayaga idols, which are to be taken out in ceremonial processions as part of the Vinayagar Chathurthi festival next month, are to be immersed in water bodies.
Collector Jayashree Muralidharan has also asked organisers of the festival and people to use only idols made of clay without any use of chemicals.
Painted idols should not be used, she said in a press release that notified the places identified by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board for immersion of the idols.
All idols from Tiruchi City should be immersed in the Cauvery River between Mela Chinthamani and Srirangam (the old Cauvery bridge).
The following are the other designated places for immersion in other parts of the district: Uyyakondan River (for idols from Somarasampettai); Peruvalai Vaical (Manachanallur); Kattalai Vaical (Ramji Nagar); Ayyan Vaical (Lalgudi); Cauvery River at Vengur (Tiruverumbur and Thuvakudi); Cauvery River (Navalpattu, Siruganur, Samayapuram, Musiri, Kattuputhur, Thathaiyengarpet and Thuraiyur); Puliancholai Vaical (Uppilliyapuram); Mamundi River (Manapparai); Ponnaniyar (Vaiyampatti) and Bhoothanayaki Amman Temple Tank (Thuvarankurichi). The Vinayaga idols should be immersed at the designated places only, the press release said.