Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-09-07 10:15 Bengaluru: With thousands of Ganeshas set to be immersed over the next few days, lakes and small ponds in Bengaluru have already recorded immersion of over 1,48,750 huge Ganesha idols. Most of the immersion took place at Sankey tank in Sadashiv Nagar. Idols made of Plaster of Paris, banned next year onswards, formed a substantial number immersed at Sankey tank. “Yesterday, people came for immersion of Ganesha idols from 3.30pm to 1am and we have a list of 46700 idols being immersed. Over 8,700 Plaster of paris and 38,000 idols made of soil were being immersed in the small kalyani here,” Gopal, caretaker at Sankey Tank said. Two other immersion points in the city too recorded immersion of a large number of Ganeshas. Ulsoor lake had 37, 450 idols immersed, and Yediyur lake in South zone recorded 35,017 idols. The Ullal lake in RR Nagar zone witnessed 7,000 idols immersion. The BBMP has also installed mobile tanks in all the eight zones to avoid pollution of lakes and small ponds. Idols less than two feet high would be immersed in these tanks. “People can come and immerse their small idols of Ganesha in these mobile tanks at the immersion points like Sankey tank, Ulsoor lake and many others,” said a BBMP officer. N R Ramesh, BJP Leader and former corporator from Yediyur ward, is monitoring the activities at Yediyur lake. "Over 300 law and order and traffic police were deputed. Till 19th of September, the Idol immersion activity will be taken up. The BBMP has deputed about 80 swimmers here to help the residents to immerse the idols. Bigger idols would be immersed in a Kalyani in the lake premises and hence it will not pollute the lake," Ramesh said. Activists have worked hard and educated the residents living in surrounding areas to bring in Ganeshas made of soil. “We have created enough awareness among residents about the disadvantages of Plaster of Paris idols. Most of them this year and last year have bought eco-friendly Ganesha idols made of soil. While some residents immersed the idols in mobile tanks, others did the immeresion in a bucket of water within their home premises,” Anand, president of Sankey Tank Walkers' Association, said. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has directed the BBMP to see to it that all the lakes are free from pollution and ensured preparations were made several weeks in advance. “So far we have got very good response. Many people have stopped using richly-painted idols. Families were asked to install small mud Ganeshas. Our message has reached many places. Environment groups also helped us in this efforts,” KSPCB chairman Lakshman said.