Pune: Thermocol has been the prime source of decorations in Ganpati festival every year and it was used extensively by households, societies and mandals. However, after the Bombay High Court recently announced a ban on the use of thermocol decorations, the societies and households are ready with other options to make decorations for this year’s Ganpati festival, such as decorations made from wood, metal stands, cloth and other reusable items.
Ganesh Bora, Chairman of Jai Malhar Colony at Walhekarwadi, Chinchwad, said, “Thermocol was never an option for our societies to make decorations during Ganesh festival. As we have stopped using thermocol from last year, we are saving money, as now we make decorations using cloth, metal stands, bamboo sticks and banana tree stems. Also, we purchase Ganpati idols, which are made from mud. As these are reusable, we need to collect less contributions from society members.”
Another society of Balewadi, which used to have huge pandal decorations made up of thermocol every year, has also found out an alternate way. Nitin Metkar, member of Willows Co-operative Housing Society, Balewadi, said, “Every year, we were using decorations made from thermocol, which was reused time and again. But now as the High Court has prohibited use of any kind of decorations made from thermocol, we will be using paper, wood and cloth and artificial flowers for the stage and Ganpati decorations.”
“Also, the Ganpati idol this year will be made from mud,” Metkar added.
Vikas Kamat, co-ordinator of Comfort Zone society in Balewadi, said, “We always purchase Ganpati idols made of mud. And from this year, we will start using eco-friendly products to make decorations. We are still working on it, but we are thinking to use coconut shells, potted saplings, dupattas or sarees, homemade decorations like paper decorations, sculptures made from mud and so on.”
Similarly, Sanjeev Patil, Secretary of Som Terraces at Wagholi, said, “Till now, we used to make decorations from thermocol, but from this year onward, we will be not be using thermocol makhars, but makhars made from corrugated boxes. Also, cloth, wood, metal rods and other home-based items will be used. It will keep our budget also down and the Ganpati festival will also be celebrated in an eco-friendly way.”