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Many industries in Mysore are going green this Ganesh festival by distributing eco-friendly idols to their employees. Following an appeal made by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), the industries placed orders for clay idols. The Board’s Environment Officer Niranjan told The Hindu that many industries volunteered to distribute clay idols to their employees following a request from the board.

“This year, we appealed to the people much earlier giving them ample time to place orders for the idols. The idols were ready and many industries have distributed them. The gesture is symbolic and the green message they are spreading can make the difference,” he felt.

Depending on the availability, some industries procured 100 to 150 idols for distribution.

Though it is difficult to cater to the entire workforce as the number of workers in some industries is high, the industries have tried their best to encourage them to buy clay idols from outside, Mr. Niranjan said.

The KSPCB officer said Rangsons Electronics, Rane (Madras) Ltd., Automotive Axles Ltd., Triveni Engineering and Industries Ltd., and JK Tyres were among the industries giving away clay idols to their employees.

Mr. Niranjan said the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Ltd. too responded positively to the board’s request by encouraging their employees to go green.

Compared to the previous years, acceptance to eco-friendly idols this time was visible. “People have shown interest in celebrating the festival with idols painted with natural dye. This is a big boost to our campaign,” said Mr. Niranjan.

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