Long way to go for Vijayawada

Only around 10% of the pandals in the city have opted for clay idols

The fascination for huge idols made out of Plaster of Paris and coated in vibrant chemical paints does not seem to die down anytime soon in Vijayawada.

So far, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation has received close to a thousand applications for setting up Ganesh pandals. Only around 10% of these pandals are going to install clay idols, according to VMC officials.

"To promote eco-friendly celebrations, VMC offered permissions for free to pandals using clay idols. But not many have come forward to use clay idols," VMC assistant city planner M. Jagadish said.

As of Thursday, the city police unit received applications for police permission to 659 pandals across the city, and the number could double in the next two days.

"Sales of clay Ganesh idols have increased manifold over the past few years but there is still a long way to go for the city to witness a festival that is significantly eco-friendly," Raghuram Maguluri of Paryavarana Parirakshana Samithi and Bhoomi Organics said.

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Printable version | Apr 7, 2020 4:29:29 AM |

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