Go eco-friendly this Ganesh Utsav

Ganpati idol to be immersed in water
Ganpati idol to be immersed in water

Ganpati Season is right around the corner, and though there are many efforts taken to curb pollution of natural water bodies, immersions of PoP idols in the natural ponds are NOT coming to a halt. But is there a better way to stop pollution of natural ponds? There is, and it can be achieved right in people’s own homes.

The following solution has been coined by a group of leading companies. Studies done on PoP idols in water bodies show several significant impacts like steep rise in concentration of heavy metals, dissolved solids, and acid content, and a drop in dissolved oxygen. This solution by PMC, not only helps the water bodies, but also helps create a beneficial fertilizer.

Follow these steps to reach a pollution-free alternative:

POP (Plaster of Paris) Idol Size Up to 6” 7-10“ 11-14” 15-18”
Bucket Size 10 Litres 15 Litres 25 Litres 50 Litres
Quantity of Water 8 Litres 10-12 Litres 20-22 Litres 40-45 Litres
Quantity of Ammonium Bicarbonate 1 Kg 2 Kg 4 Kg 6 Kg

Step 1: Add required quantity of Ammonium Bicarbonate in the bucket with water and dissolve Ammonium Bicarbonate completely. Avoid buying idols with plastic idols.

Step 2: Immerse the PoP idol after removing the decorative items and nirmalya. Frequently stir the solution every 2-3 solution with a wooden stick.

Step 3: Within 48 hours, the idol will dissolve completely. In case of plastic paints, it is advised to peel the paint off by hand for faster dissolution. Sludge settled at the bottom is Calcium Carbonate. Keep the bucket for 2 days without disturbing to separate sludge (calcium carbonate) and milky white solution (ammonium sulphate).

Step 4: Pour this white milky solution in another bucket. This is the fertilizer. Dilute it with equal amount of fresh water and use it for watering the plants and trees.

Caution: If some part of the idol is not dissolved after 48 hours, it is necessary to take another empty bucket with 1 kg Ammonium Bicarbonate in 5 litres water and repeat the process for the undissolved part.

 

Author: Numa Shaikh

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