Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) was caught off guard after Navratri festivity. Unlike the measures initiated by the civic body to protect various water bodies from being polluted during the immersion of Ganesh idols, the authorities were found in deep slumber after Durgautsav.
Several water bodies in the city including the Sonegaon Lake were found littered with garlands, flowers, diyas and decoration materials after the end of Navratri festivities in the city. While there r artificial immersion tanks arranged and barricades installed to stop the people from immersing idols in water bodies, no arrangements whatsoever were seen during Navratri.
It is pertinent to note here Ganesh Chaturdashi (the day of Ganesh immersion) was on September 15 this year and just after about a month on October 11 after the end of Navratri festival, Durga idols and other material were immersed in the lakes across the city. Now, the question to be asked here is, if the lakes are going to get polluted anyway just after 30 days, why the NMC is wasting so much of taxpayers’ money during the Ganesh festival? And, if the administration is really so much concerned about the pollution of water bodies, why there are no arrangements made during Navratri?
The sorry condition of water bodies after Navratri and even after Chhath Puja every year exposes the nonchalant or ‘do as directed’ attitude of the NMC officials, who make arrangements for the Ganesh festival just because they are told to do so. Thinking and acting on their own for the conservation of natural resources simply isn’t the part of their duty.