Ganesh festival: PMC workshop helps students to make eco-friendly idols

An eco-friendly decoration workshop was organised for standard V to X students of Sharda Vidyalaya, Navi Peth, where they were taught how to make paper flowers and sari boxes, used to prepare Makhar.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 17, 2015 7:58 am
Eco-friendly Ganapati idol making workshop at  Saviribai Phule High School. Express Eco-friendly Ganapati idol making workshop at Saviribai Phule High School. Express

Pune Municipal Corporation’s Indradhanu Eco-club has been helping students learn how to make eco-friendly Ganesh idols and decorations.

An eco-friendly decoration workshop was organised for standard V to X students of Sharda Vidyalaya, Navi Peth, where they were taught how to make paper flowers and sari boxes, used to prepare Makhar. Vegetables were used to make the Ganesh idol.

Mangesh Dighe, Environment Officer at PMC told Newsline that on the occasion of Ganesh festival, the PMC decided to teach students how to make colourful decorations from recycled items.

Thermocol sheets are commonly used for Ganpati decorations to build small temples or pandals (mandaps). They come in many different sizes and shapes which can be used to make decorative walls or pillars holding those walls.
But they are not environment friendly.

At Saviribai Phule High School, Bhavani Peth, a workshop was conducted on making Ganesh idols from Shadu soil.

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‘How to decompose’ Nirmalya workshop would be conducted at Indradhanushya Centre on September 19 for
6th to 8th standard students No 30 of Symbiosis School, Prabhat Road.

Indradhanushya Environment and Citizenship Centre has started Indradhanu Eco-club for students with an aim to spread the message of environment and impact of urbanisation on nature.

Indradhanu Eco-club is an effort of Pune Municipal Corporation to provide students a platform to perform, recognise their calibre and potential in terms of knowledge and awareness of the environment, acknowledge it and encourage students.

It is a practical approach to supplement the syllabus taught to students in their regular curriculum. “We strive to provide students with information about environmental issues in the city as well as national leve,” said Dighe.

“As a part of Eco-club activities, we arrange expert lectures and guidance by guest speakers for students. In the Eco-club programmes are conducted free of cost throughout the year,” he added.

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