Hyderabad: The High Court here on Thursday asked the state government, the TS PCB and the local authorities to strictly implement the guidelines issued on May 12 by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) vis-à-vis the ban on use of Ganesh idols made of plaster of Paris and those that used synthetic colours.
“There should be no laxity in enforcing the statutory provisions,” the court said and added that they need not wait for the courts to intervene and get the rules implemented.
The order was issued by a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao and Justice Vinod Kumar.
“Appropriate GO should be issued by March 31, much before the Ganesha festival starts in 2022. If not, the Telangana PCB shall take steps to ensure such guidelines are implemented by exercising its statutory powers under the Environment Protection Act 1996 and the water pollution prevention and control act, the bench said.
“If no action is taken by the government, the present contempt case may be revived. The petitioner will have the liberty to ask for a revival of the case,” the Acting CJ made it clear.