Ganesh idols costs hiked by 40% in Andhra Pradesh; Environmentalists warning in opposition to POP

Ganesh idols prices hiked by 40% in Andhra Pradesh;  Environmentalists caution against POP

The scarcity of expert craftsmen and rising uncooked materials costs have curtailed Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this yr.

Although the federal government has withdrawn the ban on Ganesh pandals, the competition could also be tough for the general public contemplating the 40 to 50 per cent improve in costs.

Idol making staff from West Bengal and Rajasthan have been giving ultimate touches to Ganesh idols within the cities of Vizag and Vijayawada. Artisans mentioned the price of the idols ranges from Rs 10,000 to Rs 80,000 relying on the peak.

Amit, an idol maker from West Bengal in Vizag metropolis, mentioned, “The steep rise in the price of supplies has pushed up the costs of the idols.”

The competition of Ganesh Chaturthi might be celebrated on August 31, however the course of of creating the idol had began only some months again. The principle uncooked supplies for Ganesh idols are plaster of paris of clay, oil and paint.

“We had put in a 12 ft excessive Ganesh idol in our locality in 2019 and it value us Rs 20,000. Now, the 12 ft Ganesh idol prices greater than Rs 45,000 and we’ve to pay the transportation prices as effectively.” Ok Shiv Kumar, a resident of One-City space in Vizag metropolis, mentioned.

Round 2,500 Ganesh pandals have been in-built Vizag metropolis. As well as, greater than 800 Ganesh pandals have been arrange in Vijayawada metropolis in 2019. The peak of greater than 20 per cent Ganesh idols was between 20 ft and 35 ft.

The issue is that individuals desire POP idols as in comparison with eco-friendly idols (clay sculptures) due to their decrease value. Plaster of Paris (POP) sculptures are being manufactured throughout the state, regardless of the rising value and attraction of assorted organisations. It looks like

Activists of assorted organizations mentioned that the manufacturing and sale of POP Ganesh idols is happening unabated within the state. The failure has been because of the laxity of the air pollution management boards, municipal firms and the police. He mentioned that the enforcement officers aren’t taking strict motion in opposition to the producers, sellers and organizers of Ganesh pandals.

“Plainly inexperienced Ganesha is a distant dream. Although the organizers of Ganesh pandals are very a lot conscious of the consequences of POP idols, but they’re putting in them. Had he refused, the hazard would have been curbed,” mentioned Anil Kumar, an activist.

Numerous NGOs, organizations and native authorities have urged individuals in opposition to the usage of POP idols and their ailing results on the atmosphere, particularly on water our bodies.

Andhra Pradesh Air pollution Management Board (APPCB) Joint Chief Surroundings Engineer T Rajendra Reddy mentioned that he has requested individuals to make use of eco-friendly idols.

“We’ve got seen that POP Ganesh idols can be found within the markets. We are going to give clear directions relating to POP idols in a couple of days,” he mentioned.

Clay sculptures are costly and many individuals suppose that POP idols are extra engaging. On account of paucity of uncooked materials, the supply of clay idols is much less.

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