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Sadhus agree to checks on Ganga puja practices

 NEW DELHI: Backed by Hindu religious leaders, the Centre has decided to begin its Ganga cleaning exercise by adopting river-friendly practices for disposal of bodies, residues of 'Puja Samagri' (waste from religious ceremonies) and idol immersions.

 

The idea is to provide proper facilities for such practices so that they do not pollute the river. This is part of the government's "short-term measures" to clean the Ganga that would possibly be implemented in the next six to 18 months.

 

Construction of environment-friendly crematoriums and enclosed\netted podiums for 'Puja Samagri' and idol immersion and providing basic facilities to the families — who cannot afford to cremate bodies properly and are therefore forced to dispose off half-burnt bodies into the river — are couple of suggestions which would be taken up on priority.

 

"Sadhus and saints have supported the idea and have assured me that they will accept any technology which the government deems fit to reduce pollution by providing proper facilities for cremation and disposal of ceremonial items into the river", said Union water resources and Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti on Friday.

 

 Sep 27, 2014, The Times of India