The Mumbai Municipal Corporation has asked people to make small idols of Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi 2007. The appeal from the city administration for smaller idols in pandals and homes is part of a pollution free Ganesh festival. In 2007, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 15.
It is not just the BMC that is appealing to the people but several other municipal corporations and state governments have already issued directives for a pollution free Ganesh Chaturthi festival. BMC feels that small Ganesh idols will only pass fewer chemicals into the water-bodies and thus it will reduce the pollution caused during the festival.
Pollution during the festival is mainly due to the Plaster of Paris and chemical colors used in the making of idols.
The Ganesh Pandal mangers in Mumbai are not willing to reduce the size of the idols as it will not attract crowd. They feel people come to see big and colorful idols with varying themes. The size of Ganesh idols in Mumbai ranges from 5ft to 22ft.
The BMC is looking into all options to make sure that Ganesh Chaturthi 2007 festival will be environment friendly.