Greens step up campaign as Ganesh festival draws close

August 26, 2014 12:00 am | Updated 05:54 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

Aim is to check pollution by promoting use of clay idols

With a number of associations coming together to flag off a green movement this Vinayaka Chaturthi, the city has been witnessing a series of workshops, awareness campaigns and distribution of chemical-free Ganesh idols for the past few days.

In order to dissuade the devout from dunking of Plaster of Paris idols into rivers and sea during the ‘Ganesh Nimajjanam’, several voluntary organisations and pro-environmental groups have taken concrete measures to bring down pollution content by raising awareness on the use of eco-friendly Ganesh idols among the faithful.

Besides hosting a workshop on clay-making idols for all age groups, GoMax Interactive Services, an advertising company, in association with Radio City and GVMC has embarked on a green journey of distributing a total of 4,000 idols at different junctions across the city. The distribution of free idols will go on for a couple of days, starting August 27. The team can be reached over 9849807666 or 9848078649.

Drawing the attention of the netizens through an online format, Ken Foundation has uploaded a green poster on Facebook. “We want to reach out to our online friends and bring about change with our ‘green’ poster.

The idea is to motivate people to take pledge against the use of non-biodegradable Ganesh idols,” says P. Santosh, founder-president of the foundation.

Similarly, adding value to green culture, Wings of Fire Society, another NGO, plans to give away the elephant-headed deities made of clay to the residents of NAD Kotha Road. The list consists of a total of 650 idols (500 medium size clay moulds and 150 big ones), a ten-feet tall sculpture for the colony celebrations along with a few three-feet high idols, all made of clay.

Details can be had over 8686995533.

Clubs’ initiative

With an idea to promoting green measures and make Ganesh Chaturthi a safe festival to celebrate, Rotary Club Visakha Port City and the Interact Club of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan have come up with the concept of distributing nature-friendly Ganesh idols. Erecting an exclusive tent for the purpose, the club members are planning to give away the clay-moulded Ganesh deities to as many people as possible on the occasion. The aim is to encourage more people to join ‘Go Green Ganesha’ drive and inspire them to stick to green concepts of celebrating the festival, director of the school Ch. Vasu Prakash said. “This year, we want to reach out to hundreds of people, inspiring them to join the green campaign by highlighting the disadvantages of using non-biodegradable Ganesh idols,” he said. Keeping the rising pollution levels in view, president of Rotary Club Visakha Port City P.L.K. Murthy said that the combined initiative was rolled out to protect the environment against harmful effects of using chemical-based deities. The free distribution of idols will begin at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday near Kali Mata temple.

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