An analysis of themes showcased by the pujas this year in Kolkata shows environmental issues dominate alongside women agendas in Kolkata.
Since last ten years, EnGIO has been awarding the green and socially aware pujas in city in collaboration with various organizations, academics as well as state government departments and agencies. Their green puja award, Serader Sera Nirmal Puja Puroskar, was earlier recognized by former union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and also number of international organisations who work with socio -religion events.
Sujata Basu of EnGIO highlighted on the fact that about 250 puja committees have green themes in their pandals. Among the green themes, afforestation and planting of trees dominate. Apart from greenery; water conservation, climate change and global warming, wild life, plastic pollution also have been showcased.
There is still to do a lot on environmental and related fronts during festival time. Issues like less use of road space for constructing pandals wherever possible, better waste management system, doing away the existing mode of putting advertisements blockading roads and houses, perhaps following more environment friendly immersion system etc need to be looked closely in future.
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