Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding immersion of idols in the Hoganekkal falls and river bank of Cauvery, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, 05/08/2016
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone Bench, Chennai) in the matter of R Janakiraman Vs Department of Environment and Forest Chennai & Others dated 05/08/2016. This application is filed by the applicant seeking a direction against the respondents to ban immersion of idols containing Plaster of Paris (PoP) and other chemicals in the Hoganekkal falls and river bank of Cauvery in Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu.
NGT directs the State government of Tamil Nadu and the Pollution Control Board for the strict implementation of the guidelines issued by the CPCB and the complete stopping of use of artificial dyes, paints, chemicals, colours etc. which contain toxic metals, in decorating the idols and which actually cause severe water pollution and health hazard.