Published on: September 15, 2021 at 16:40 IST
The Centre filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging a Telangana High Court judgement prohibiting the immersion of Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris (POP) in Hussain Sagar Lake and other metropolitan lakes, citing pollution and the Covid-19 outbreak as reasons.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta brought the case before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, alleging that the High Court’s directives had been issued at the last minute. “We would comply with the order, but aggrieved by one or two which can’t be implemented immediately. Milords can tweak it for this year.”
The Bench decided to hear the case the following day.
The imposition of Ganesha idols made of POP were banned on September 13 by a Telangana High Court panel led by Acting Chief Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao and also comprised Justice T. Vinod Kumar.
Permission for immersion of POP Ganesh idols (i) in baby ponds already created by the GHMC or
(ii) isolated places / ponds that do not result / spread water pollution into the main water body were among the orders issued by the High Court.
The Court further ordered the Respondent authorities to investigate the deployment of an inflatable rubber dam wall, which was previously employed to encircle the area for idol immersion during dredging activities in the Hussain Sagar Lake.
Authorities are not allowed to immerse Ganesh statues from the Tank Bund side of the Hussain Sagar Lake, according to the order. Non-POP idols that do not have synthetic paint can also be immersed on the other side of the Hussain Sagar Lake, such as P.V.Ghat, Secretariat road, Sanjeevaiah Park road, and so on.