State Forest minister Rajib Banerjee will inaugurate the 17th Kolkata Phool Mela 2020 at Eden Parks on January 27. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim and Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay have confirmed their presence at the inauguration ceremony as chief guest and special guest respectively. “This year, for the first time in the history of the Kolkata Phool Mela, schools and colleges will participate in the different competitions such as floral rangoli completion, poster making competition, recycling of plastic and rubber gardening, fancy and others. This apart, the Nabadisha, Pronam, Paschim Banga Bigyan Mancha and more than 37 schools, 15 colleges and 10 NGOs are participating at the mela. Apart from the NGO, NGI (Next Generation Identification) stalls will be set up to showcase different environmental topics.