ngo-2In order to reduce the pollution that takes place after Ganesh idol immersions in sea, few non governmental organizations are coming forward to clean and collect items like flowers, garlands which are offered to the deity. A joint conference of the NGO was organized in the presence of MCGM officials. Ganesh festival is celebrated in great gusto by the citizens. On the 11th day, all the idols are immersed at various coastal areas. During this period, huge amount of items like flowers and garlands offered to the deity are also let into the water which pollutes water. Therefore, instead of letting these items into the sea, clean Mumbai foundation and United way of Mumbai in association with brihanmumbai sarvajanik ganeshotsav samanvay samiti and other NGO’s will be playing a key role in disposal of these items. In a press conference held in Mumbai, member of Clean Mumbai foundation explained that their association would be distributing three bags of different colors to all the ganesh mandals at Girgaum chowpatty. One would be used for items like garlands and flowers, another for plastic items and third for garbage. Executive director of United Way of Mumbai Jayanti Shukla believes that along with MCGM, citizens and NGO’s should also come forward and work for the cause collectively. Seema Redkar, an official at MCGM’s Solid Waste Management department which is also participating in the campaign stated that MCGM will be stationing two tempos at each ward, so that the items can be collected in these tempos by various ganesh mandals. Such initiatives of government organizations in collaboration with the public are needed not only for a clean city but also to keep a pollution check on the city’s resources. Hansraj Kanojia – NMTV News.

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