Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-08-26 16:34 Bengaluru: Planning to bring Ganesha idol made of plaster of paris (POP) this Ganesha festival? You could end up in jail with a minimum of six years imprisonment and fine! Yes, you read it right. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has strictly banned ganesha idols made of POP this year to prevent waterbodies from choking. An order to this effect was issued on Thursday by the KSPCB. The Ganesha idol makers had approached the board to relax guidelines on such idols. But the Board refused to budge to their demands. Meanwhile, the board has asked Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, and other local bodies to clear all POP ganesha idols in their jurisdiction. KSPCB chairman Lakshman said “Besides POP idols, we have banned painted idols. Last year, we did not book any cases of violation as the idol makers had requested to relax guidelines. But stringent action will be taken this year,” warned Lakshman. It may be recalled here that The Green Tribunal in 2013 had strictly banned immersion of POP Ganesha idols in rivers and other waterbodies. “Since we issued the order in the last moment, we could not take any action against violators,” said Lakshman. The guidelines will be strictly enforced by local bodies and even police department. Violators will be booked under criminal case. If proven guilty, they may face minimum of one-and-half-year to six years imprisonment. Meanwhile, 65 ganesha idol makers who had appealed to the board to sell last year’s POP idols have been given permission. According to Uday Shankar, one of the idol makers, “We have been given approval orally to sell last year’s POP idols. But, we have not made any new POP idols this year.” Despite the ban, POP ganeshas are in high demand as they look attractive than the earthen idols, say idol makers.