While eco-friendly Pujas have been trending this festive season, organisers are now also extending their pledge to save the environment with adequate measures for the immersion processions. Idol immersion has turned into a significant affair, especially since the carnival on Red Road began in 2016. Therefore, many city Pujas have vowed to use this opportunity to spread awareness about saving the precious elements of nature.
The unique initiatives
Saving the environment is the need of the hour and Puja committees well understand this. Behala 29 Palli has banned plastic on the Puja premises till their immersion is over. Though the idol will be immersed in a local pond, flowers and other Puja materials won’t be put into water. “This is our humble initiative to set an example against pollution. We are trying our best to save the environment by taking small steps. I hope others too will follow in our footsteps soon,” said Sourav Ghosh from the Puja committee.
Behala Nutan Sangha, which was part of the Red Road carnival last year, has decided against immersion of their idol this time to save the water bodies from pollution. “Instead of immersing our Durga, we will try to relocate it to an art gallery,” said Debroop Chatterjee, a club member.
The famous College Square Puja, which is popular for its immersion procession that is attended by thousands, didn’t want to miss this chance to spread the message of saving water. “So, we will be putting up posters and handing out pamphlets to everyone, urging them to save water,” said Bhramar Chatterjee, a member of the Puja committee. The organisers of Hindustan Volunteers Puja will immerse their idol in a water body, but it will be taken out within an hour to prevent pollution. Besides, they are also curbing noise pollution by not including DJs during the procession this time around. “Pujas are a great platform to spread awareness about socially relevant topics. We like to make our point not just through our decoration, but also with our actions,” said Manab Pal, one of the members of the club that had global warming as its theme this year.
Immersions — a grand affair
Though immersion processions have always been an intrinsic part of the festival here, Puja organisers have now become all the more creative in their bid to get a chance to participate in the state government’s carnival. They even save a portion of their budget for this purpose. “Thousands of people assemble on Red Road to witness the grand carnival every year. So, I think it is as good a platform as the Puja pandals to spread a message,” added Debroop.
Somen Dutta, secretary of Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Samiti, whose theme this year talked about saving water, feels there cannot be a better place for anyone looking to raise awareness about an important issue. “Lakhs of people are part of immersion processions. So, this is one of the most effective ways to make people aware about the challenges staring at us,” he said, adding, “We’re hoping to be a part of the carnival again this year. It is a very exciting proposition for us. If chosen, we have plans to decorate our tableau in a certain way.”
Source: Times of India