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HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed immersion of Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesh idols in Hussainsagar in the city as a last chance while cautioning authorities that it would not be allowed from next year. The apex court order came after the state government sought a review of the HC ban on PoP idols’ immersion in lakes in city.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana accorded permission after obtaining an undertaking from the state government that it would abide by the HC judgment and also the Central Pollution Control Board directives from next year onwards. The state also assured that the remains of PoP idols would be removed immediately after the immersion process gets over.
“We are interfering with the HC judgment to the limited extent of PoP idol immersions on the main Tank Bund for this year as the state and GHMC have said that it was not possible for them to make alternative arrangements at the last minute,” the SC bench said. All other curbs imposed by the HC would remain and the authorities have to follow them, the SC said, directing the state to file a compliance report before the HC.
From next year onwards, even the making of PoP idols has been declared as unlawful by the high court in its earlier order.
GHMC commissioner has assured the apex court that from next year they would make use of baby ponds for immersions.
The CJI also appreciated advocate Mamidi Venu Madhav, the petitioner in the current case, for fighting to keep lakes clean.

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