Mumbai, Sept 22: The Arabian Sea has vomited loads of dead aquatic bodies following the 7th day if Ganpati visarjan as thousands of lifeless fishes, turtles and water snakes were found scattered on Dadar and Juhu beaches on Thursday morning -- following the 7th day of idol immersion.
The deaths were caused primarily due to the Plaster Of Paris (PoP), which is used for preparing the idols, said Chinu Kwatra, the 27-year-old Mumbai resident who is actively involved in cleaning water bodies of the city. Lalbaugcha Raja Visarjan Route 2018: Check Full Details & Traffic Advisory on Roads Covered Under Immersion Path.
Kwatra further added that lead and chromium used for painting the idols turn fatal for the fishes, as it enters into their gills and blocks their breathing capability.
Apart from the aquatic life, tons of broken idol pieces have also been washed ashore -- which has irked the sentiments of devotees.
Environmental experts have long been advocating for the use of clay-made idols, which would dissolve into the water bodies without causing harm to the aquatic life. However, the painting and decoration on such idols remain difficult, which compels the devotees to opt for the PoP-made and lead-painted Ganesha idols.
Kwatra and his team have collected the broken pieces of idol and handed them over to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which will chalk them safely.
A section of environmentalists in Mumbai fear a worse damage to the aquatic life on Sunday, the 11th and final day of Ganeshotsav, when all remaining Ganesha idols will be immersed.