As Delhi celebrated Durga Puja, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on Wednesday issued an order that idol immersion during Durga Puja will not be allowed in public places, including Yamuna river, ponds or ghats.
Idol immersion in the Yamuna can attract a fine of Rs 50,000 along with imprisonment of up to six years. Idol immersion rituals may be performed within the home premises in a bucket or container, DPCC said.
The order issued by DPCC said National Green Tribunal (NGT) had pronounced various directions in 2015 against any type of immersion in the Yamuna. NGT orders prohibit throwing pooja material or any other material like foodgrain or oil into the river, except on the designated site.
As National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in 2019 prohibited idol immersion in Ganga and its tributaries and violators are required to pay Rs 50,000 as environment compensation, DPCC has directed district magistrate to enforce NMCG’s direction.