It is a great experience to see artificial ponds being made for immersion of idols by the administration during the Durga Puja culminated recently in Dwarka. This move can save water bodies in great way.
I witnessed it happening for the first time during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Now, it has happened again during this Durga Puja.
I saw an artificial shallow pond was made for this purpose at Sector 5. I was planning to visit banks of Yamuna to see immersion of idols. But, as it happened in Dwarka, I was elated because I was able to see the ritual at walkable distance from my home.
On the other hand, with this move, there was no harm done to the environment. The immersion of idols used to cause harm to the Yamuna River.
This is a welcome move and it needs to be promoted to a great extent to save our environment. For this, authorities shall clean encroached water bodies and ponds too in Delhi. It could save those water bodies from encroachment further.
During Chhath Puja, such artificial ponds can be filled with recycled water from STP (Sewer Treatment Plant). Recycling of water is done by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB). This will achieve many of the objectives. We can save our rivers, potable water and improve traffic conditions on roads.
People can celebrate festivals completely in their own area with the immersion of idols in artificial ponds. It will also help in recharging water in the area.
By adopting this method, people's midset against STP water will also change. They may start using this water for gardening, flushing, constructing buildings and washing cars. This way, potable water will also be saved.
In such artificial ponds, waste material collected from low depth pits can be segregated, reused, recycled. It will be helping in checking river pollution. Same pit can be used for three festivals.
Hence, there are multiple advantages of such artifical ponds. This is a welcome move as part of sustainable development to improve the environment.
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