Vadodara : A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the nation to use clay-made idols, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation said it will hold a competition among the Ganesh Mandals to inculcate a sense of cleanliness and of responsibility towards the environment. The VMC also urged the Mandals to use idols made of clay and not the ones made of Plaster of Paris.
Modi in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on Sunday had urged those celebrating Durga Puja and Ganesh Utsav to use idols made from clay. The 10-day-long Ganesh festival begins September 5.
Civic Commissioner Vinod Rao told PTI the “eco-friendly” Ganesh Mandals will be judged on the type of materials they use for making the idol and other parameters for decoration. Moreover, the overall cleanliness inside the Pandals throughout the festival will be judged by a panel of experts.