With the failure of south west monsoon, there is a shortfall of rain in the Mysuru and Kodagu region. Cauvery water sharing has added many more woes to already beleaguered state. In this current grave situation, saving water is more essential for drinking and agricultural purposes. Feeding polluted water to crops results in accumulated chemicals in the produce. Immersion of idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) containing harmful toxic chemicals in the paints used in canals and tanks leads to water pollution (water scarcity – Page3, CT, 21st Sep, 16). Whether devotion is there or not number of idols is increasing year after year and even the size of the idols is also increasing without any limit. Government has banned idol-making using PoP, still these are being made and available for sale. People should become aware of this and stop buying idols made of PoP. In any case, to avoid water pollution, idols having paints should not be immersed in water bodies. Otherwise we will be forced to drink contaminated water and feed the same to our crops, inviting health hazards from both sources. Enforcement authorities should take steps in this direction.
Dr S V N Vijayendra, Mysuru