The idols are required to be made from natural, biodegradable, eco-friendly raw materials without the use of any toxic, inorganic raw materials like traditional virtuous clay and mud.
The Lokayukta said the right to a healthy environment and pollution-free water is a part of the right to life and liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
The Nagarika Horata Samiti, a committee formed by locals to take up community issues, complained to MRPL officials about the problems they are facing due to discharge of brackish water.
The Cooum has often drawn comparisons with the Singapore River over the past couple of decades, with both having faced similar issues.
According to activists, incidents of effluent release in water bodies took place at night thus violating the TNPCB's zero effluent discharge rule.
“If officials say the flood-carrying capacity has been raised to 40,000 cusecs, it is important to remember 97,000 cusecs were released during 2015 floods,” he points out.
A tributary of the Cauvery, the river has become so toxic it is turning arable land barren and poisoning groundwater
Seeking exemption for immersion of PoP idols, the GHMC had given an undertaking to the SC saying that all waste will be removed from Hussainsagar within a day
City-based environmentalists and activists say that the Ganesh Chaturthi festivities, especially the immersion of idols in several water bodies, will cause a rise in water pollution in the city lakes.
They also informed that samples were collected from six locations in Hussainsagar and 40 samples from from other lakes.
The study released by NGO Toxics Link on Thursday reveal the presence of microplastics in all samples collected from the river at Haridwar, Kanpur, and Varanasi.
Chunnambar and Arasalar are among the 351 rivers in the country identified as polluted rivers by the Central Pollution Control Board.
Officials said these small and low-cost checkdams will be coming up on three drains Najafgarh, Supplementary and Shahdara drains falling into the Yamuna.
This will aid in accurate and precise determination of concentration for metals and metalloids from 100 ppm to 10 ppt (9 orders of magnitude).
The court gave a direction to this effect while passing further interim orders on a public interest writ petition from one Dhanasekaran, who prayed for a direction to clean river Amaravathi.