Ahmedabad: The idol makers have got a respite as city police have allowed use of plaster of Paris (PoP) to make Ganesha idols for this year’s Ganesh Chaturthi. The proposed ban on the use of PoP will be implemented in 2012. The decision was taken after a delegation of idol makers met with the city police commissioner recently.

According to police officials, in collaboration with civic authorities, Ahmedabad police officials have banned the use of PoP in making idols for immersion due to its hazardous impact on the environment and difficulty in recycling. The environmentalists have long demanded a ban on the material and advocated the use of mud or natural materials which are easily diluted in water.

“We had imposed ban on the material earlier, keeping in mind the hazardous impacts. However, a delegation met senior officials and stated that 70 per cent of the total production has been completed for the season and it would be difficult to make new idols to keep pace with the demands. The makers have however given their consent that they would not use PoP from next year. Due to socio-economic factors attached to it, we have decided to allow PoP idols for this year’s immersion,” said Sudhir Sinha, city police commissioner.