Immersion of idols in the Ganga could happen under a common norm across the country from this year.
The National Green Tribunal, hearing a public interest litigation filed by green activist Subhas Datta, asked the Central Pollution Control Board on Tuesday to frame a comprehensive guideline and submit a report to the court within two weeks.
Datta had pointed out to the court that different immersion norms — formulated by either the judiciary or the pollution control boards — were being followed in areas through which the Ganga flows.
The Calcutta stretch of the river witnesses over a lakh immersions every year, while the count in Uttar Pradesh is much less. “Keeping in view the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, we direct issuance of notice to the Central Pollution Control Board,” the green tribunal said.