INNOVATOR 3Sath Visarjan Rath Team TCIS NOV 2 Recycling Devotion
Every year thousands of Ganesha Idols are purchased for the occasion of Ganesha ChaturthiCelebrated all over thecountry, especially in Mumbaiand elsewhere in westernand southern India, thefestival starts with theinstallation of new Ganeshidols, in homes and outdoors.
After the festival, it was returned back to the Earth by immersing it in anearby water body. This cycle was meant to represent the cycle ofcreation and dissolution in Nature.
The most serious impact of the festival on the environment is due tothe immersion of idols made of Plaster of Paris into lakes, rivers andthe sea. Traditionally, the idol was sculpted out of mud taken fromnearby one’s home.
Sat Visarjan Rath• A joint initiative by a private company and Rotary Club of Baroda Cosmopolitan (RCBC) is gaining momentum among environment conscious citizens.• RCBC along with Conmat has launched a project wherein devotees can immerse Ganesha idols in fresh water in huge tanks installed by them near two lakes.• What makes the project unique is that after immersion of idols, the water is taken to treatment plant for purification. And, the organizers are now planning to make separate section in some big lakes where idols can be immersed and the water treated later.
Process• The water tanks called Sat Visarjan Rath are mobile and can be shifted from one place to other.• The water tanks are sent to a treatment plant in Nandesari Industrial Association for purification under the supervision of Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB). The water and solid parts including PoP are separated and the treated water is then discharged into lakes or river.• In the first year, about 300 Ganesh idols were immersed in the two tanks and the numbers rose to 500 idols last year.• Encouraged by the success of this project, the organizers are now planning to go big.
STRENGTH WEAKNESSInnovative and effective water cleaning A need for a better technology and strategy. awareness programmes. SWOT THREAT OPPORTUNITIES Religious sentiments of people 50% reduction in water pollution