Mumbaikars initiate beach clean-up drive a day after Ganpati Visarjan

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Mumbai, Sep 24 (ANI): Mumbaikars on Monday took part in a cleanliness drive to clean the trash accumulated on different beaches, a day after Hindu devotees’ immersed idols of Lord Ganesha after the end of 10-day ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ festival. Volunteers including, students, deliverymen, ‘dabbawalas’ and non-governmental organisations picked trash accumulated at Juhu beach. As per the environmentalists, the materials like POP (Plaster of Paris) used to make idols do not dissolve easily and reduce the oxygen level in the water resulting in the deaths of fish and other aquatic organisms. Acrylic colours, which are used to beautify the idols, are also a major concern as they contain harmful chemicals like lead, cadmium and chromium, which are carcinogenic.

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