Pune: The Rotary Club of Pune, Kalyani Nagar, has taken up ‘Green Ganesha’ project, under which a competition will be held among housing societies located from Bund Garden to Wagholi. The societies will be judged on how eco-friendly their celebrations would be. Moreover, fire safety audits of these societies will also be conducted.
Every year, the club holds this contest during the Ganpati festival with an aim to stop water pollution and to increase awareness among people to go green. It advocates the use of eco-friendly material for decoration such as clay or natural products for making idols and immersion of idols in artificial tanks.
Rashi Bajpai, President, Rotary Club of Pune, Kalyani Nagar, said, “Like every year, the club has organised various activities in collaboration with city-based schools, colleges, corporates, businesses and societies. To promote eco-friendly celebrations, a walk and a bike rally have been organised in Kalyani Nagar on September 9. We are also conducting competitions in schools, where we promote ‘Green Ganesha’ through the means of slogan writing or decorations made out of natural material.”
“Under the ‘Go Green, Keep The Globe Clean Contest’, we request societies from Bund Garden to Wagholi to participate in it and adhere to the criteria set by us. In order to motivate these societies, we award them trophies and prizes sponsored by Dhone Ford. Also, to spread awareness about fire safety, we will be conducting fire safety audits, which will be in collaboration with the Safe Society Of India and Rapidex,” Bajpai said.
Shashank Kulkarni, Project Director, said, “This year, we have requested five mandals in Kharadi to unite as one mandal and celebrate the Ganpati festival. This will minimise noise pollution and a kind of unity will also be created.”