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Goa bans plaster of Paris Ganesha idols

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An artist giving finishing touches to a Plaster-of-Paris Ganesha idol.– File Photo
An artist giving finishing touches to a Plaster-of-Paris Ganesha idol.– File Photo

The Goa government on Wednesday prohibited the sale, manufacture, transportation and use of Ganesh idols made out of Plaster of Paris (PoP) including their entry in the State of Goa.

The prohibition orders have been imposed by the Magistrates of north and south Goa in view of reports that several PoP idols are being imported from neighbouring States for sale in Goa during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

‘The PoP idols are made from hemihydrated calcium sulphate manufactured by calcinations process and when immersed in water, do not dissolve or disintegrate easily, thereby causing irreversible environmental effects on the riverine/coastal ecology,’ an advisory issued by the government said on Wednesday.

Any person found manufacturing, transporting, stocking and selling or displaying such idols shall be punishable in terms of Section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act,1986 and their licences granted to them for the establishments/‘chitrashallas’ shall be cancelled and the idols made of PoP shall be confiscated, said the government order.

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