GUWAHATI, Oct 6 – The much awaited festival of Durga Puja will strongly convey the message for protecting the environment and thereby secure the future of the human generation. The Ecotourism Society of North East India with an objective to create awareness among the people of Guwahati regarding the environment is organizing a very unique competition between the Durga Puja committees of Guwahati.
The winner of the competition will be honoured with the Best Environment Friendly Durga Puja of Guwahati award.
The organizers have named the award as "Prakriti 2010".
"During Durga Puja Guwahati experiences huge amount of traffic and human movement. So we will try to create awareness among the masses by highlighting this new concept," said Gautam Dutta, founder member of the society.
Dutta informed that on all the puja days the members of the society will distribute leaflets among the masses highlighting the eco tourism potentialities in North East India. "We have encouraged the puja committees to organize pujas on tourism, environment and spiritual based themes. The puja committees will get 100 per cent support from our side if they want to bring environment and tourism based themes in their puja pandals," said Dutta.
It needs to be mentioned here that the competition has been divided into four phases.
Phase one included free registrations of the interested Durga Puja committees in the capital city, during phase two which will be a pre-Durga Puja survey, 15 Durga Puja committees will be shortlisted for the final round. Phase two will span between October 6 and 10. "During the second phase, the members of our society will interact with the puja committee members regarding their preparations and regarding the steps they have taken to minimize the negative impacts on the environment," said Dutta.
The third phase of the competition from October 12 to 16 will cover the puja days and this will be the most crucial phase for the entire competition. "Our expert team will judge the puja committees based on environment related parameters like maximum utilization of eco-friendly materials (lights, earthen plates etc), eco friendly idols, arrangement for dust bins, proper drainage system, sound pollution, traffic movement, provision of pure drinking water etc," informed Dutta.
The final phase from October 18 to 21 will be a post puja survey and society members will monitor the post puja activities of the puja committees like emersion of idols, opening of the pandals etc. The Award will be given to the best puja committee who follows the environmental norms. The winner will be declared on October 22.
“Last two years we have done some surveys and we have seen that there are a good number of puja committees who follow the environmental norms. This Prakriti Award will give due recognition to the puja committees following the environmental norms and will also motivate other puja committees to keep our environment green," said Dutta.