Clay idols were in demand during Ganesh Chaturthi

Lack of manpower hampers production of Clay Ganesh idols

By Shankar Narayan

Bangalore, September 14th, 2017:The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) ensured a green Ganesha festival this year, but clay Ganesha idols were in short supply. There were not enough people making the idols.

Gurudev, who owns an idol shop, Vinayaka and Co. in the Nallakhamba area of Kumbalgodu, said that workers had to be hired from other parts of the country to do the work and they needed to be taken care of, right from providing them with the resources to giving them food and shelter.

He added that ,not many were interested in making the idols because the work does not fetch enough money.

He also said that several customers wanted bigger clay idols which were difficult to make. They then had to settle for the Plaster of Paris ones that have been banned by the Karnataka government.

He also felt that the demand for clay idols may not increase before the festival in 2018.

Echoing his sentiments was another idol seller in the Pottery Town area of Bengalaru, Saravana Raju of Boji Idols  who had difficulty in finding people to make the idols. He asked whether graduates and highly educated professionals would be willing to take up such a job.

Mr. Suresh Heblikar, founder of Ecowatch, an environment NGO in Bangalore,  urged that people consider the environment factor from several angles.

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