New Delhi: Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has ordered that idol immersion during Durga Puja will not be permitted 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 had pronounced various directions in 2015 against any kind of immersion in the Yamuna. National Green Tribunal 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 in 2019 prohibited idol immersion in Ganga and its tributaries and violators are mandated to pay Rs 50,000 as environment compensation, DPCC has directed the district magistrate to enforce NMCG’s direction. Notably, the violation of directions issued under Section 33 A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, or the rules made thereunder shall be punishable under Section 41 of the said Act which includes imprisonment up to six years and with fine, said the order.