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Durga Puja committees in Guwahati this year will have to comply with eco-friendly measures as set by the Pollution Control Board Assam (PCBA) for the forthcoming festivities.  According to the guidelines issued by the board recently, only natural clay, bamboo, choir ropes, straw and non-toxic colours can be used on the idols instead of baked clay, plaster of Paris and synthetic ropes, which adversely affect the environment.

In Kamrup (metro) district alone, over 500 pandals have to comply with the PCBA directive. “Clothes to be used for decorating images should be made of natural fibre like cotton, pat, silk and not synthetic fibres like nylon and tereline,” the board stated in its directive, says The Telegraph.

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