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Green Puja awards: 75 pujas shortlisted in city

Final judgement on Saptami, global prize is also at stake

The Plurals News Network | Published 29.09.22, 09:05 PM
Manicktalla Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja is one of the 75 shortlisted pujas

Manicktalla Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja is one of the 75 shortlisted pujas

Amit Datta/My Kolkata

If Durga Puja is all about pandal-hopping, new clothes and happy faces, it’s also about blaring loudspeakers, dazzling lights run on diesel generators and idols painted with toxic colours being immersed in the river. But puja organisers are gradually realising the need to make the festival environment-friendly and Serader Sera Nirmal Pujo Puroskar, sponsored by The Bengal in association with Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA), a globally known environment outfit, and My Kolkata, is here to laud such initiatives.

The awards were launched in 2007 by Environment Governed Integrated Organisation (EnGIO), a non-profit outfit, with the dual objectives of reducing environmental stress during Puja as well as promoting green awareness using the festival as a medium.


“This year we have received about 250 applications, out of which 75 have been shortlisted for jury visits. Seven jury teams will physically visit these pandals and, based on their assessment, seven regional toppers will be selected. The final judgement will be on October 1 and 2 (Sashthi and Saptami) and the results are expected to be announced on Saptami evening,” said Sujata Basu of EnGIO.

Around 40 judges, including French consul general Didier Talpain, Bangladesh deputy high commissioner Andalib Elias, German deputy consul general Isolde Aust, Sister Nivedita University vice-chancellor Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, physician and former sheriff of Kolkata Dulal Bose and Future Hope CEO and former head of British Council Sujata Sen, will assess how green the pujas are.

“Apart from the physical judging, there will also be an online global judgement this year involving well-known environmental experts from outside Kolkata and from other countries. These results are expected to be announced later,” Basu said.

H.M. Bangur, the president of The Bengal, said Durga Puja is not just another festival of Bengal. “It’s an emotion, this time all the more so because of the two-year pandemic gap. I wish it is a safe Puja for everyone and all environmental concerns are adequately taken care of,” he said.

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Dulal Bose, adviser to EnGIO, has been involved with the awards since its inception. “It is more of a movement than an award. Be it use of less use of toxic paint, green immersion, less energy use in decoration and environment-related themes for pujas, this award has played a key role in evolution of the city’s pujas,” Bose said.

When the award was initiated in 2007, there was only one environment-themed puja in the entire city, now almost one in every four pujas is themed on environment, an expert associated with the award said. He also pointed out that the award was acclaimed by the Union government, when Jairam Ramesh was the environment minister, and also by an international organisation working on environmental stress during socio-religious mega events.

Here are the 75 shortlisted pujas:

1       20-Er Pally Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee

2       Abasar Sarbojanin Durgotsab Samity

3       AD Block Residents Club Durgotsab Committee

4       Ahiritola Jubak Brinda

5       Alipore Sarbojanin

6       Aswininagar Bandhu Mahal Club

7       Aurobinda Setu Sarbojanin Durga Puja Samiti

8       Baghajatin Tarun Sangha

9       Ballygunge Durga Puja Samity

10     Barisha Club

11     Barisha Netaji Sangha

12     Barisha Sabuj Sathi Club

13     Behala Friends

14     Behala Nutan Dal

15     Beleghata Sarkar Bazar Milan Sangha

16     Beleghata Sarkar Bazar Vivekananda Sangha

17     Bose Pukur Sitala Mandir Committee Durgotsab

18     Brahmapur Sanmilani Sangha

19     Chaltabagan Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee

20     Chaulpatty National Sporting Club

21     Chetla Agrani Club

22     Dakshinpara Durgotsab Committee

23     Darjeepara Sarbojanin Durgotsav Samity

24     Darpanarayan Tagore Street Pally Samity

25     Dhakuria Sarbojanin Durgotsab

26     Dum Dum Park Tarun Sangha Puja Committee

27     Dum Dum Tarun Dal

28     Dumdum Park Bharat Chakra

29     Dumdum Park Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee

30     E Block Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee

31     EE Block Saradotsav Committee

32     FD Block Sarbojanin Puja Committee

33     Golf Green Sarosdotsava Committee

34     Gouriberia Sarbojanin Durgotsab O Pradarshani

35     Haridevpur Adarsha Samity

36     Hatibagan Nabin Pally

37     Hatibagan Sarbojanin Durgotsav Committee

38     Hazra Park Durgotsab

39     Hindusthan Park Durgotsab Committee

40     Hindusthan Park Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee

41     Jorabagan Chhatra Sanghati

42     Judge Bagan Sarbojanin Durgotsav

43     Kalighat Milan Sangha

44     Kalighat Nepal Bhattacharjee Street Club

45     Kalighat Sree Sangha

46     Kankurgachi Milan Mela Samity

47     Lalabagan Nabankur

48     Manicktalla Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durgapuja Committee

49     Mukundapur Sarbojanin Durgotsav committee

50     NSC Sports Club

51     Nabapalli Sarbojonin Durgotsav

52     Nalin Sarkar Street Sarbojanin Durgotsab

53     New Santoshpur Adi Durgotsab

54     Nimtala Sarbojanin Durgotsab Committee

55     Nirvik Sangha Puja Committee

56     Pally Unnayan Samity, Paschim Putiary

57     Prafulla Kanan Sarbajanin Durgotsav

58     Purbachal Sakti Sangha

59     Putiary Club Sarbojanin Durgotsab

60     Rajdanga Naba Uday Sangha

61     Rammohan Sammilani

62     Rupchand Mukherjee Lane Sarbojanin Durgotsab

63     Samaj Sebi Sangha

64     Shastribagan Sporting Club

65     Shibmandir Sarbojanin Durgotsab Samiti

66     Shibrampur Yubashakti Club & Library

67     Suruchi Sangha

68     Swapnarbagan Yubak Brinda Purba Manicktala Sarbojanin Durgotsav Samity

69     Tala Barowari Durgotsav Samity

70     Taltala Sarbajanin Saradiya Puja Committee

71     Tridhara Akalbodhan

72     Ultadanga Pallyshree

73     Uttar Kolkata Sanhati Sporting Club

74     Ward No. 1 Sadharan Durgotsav O Pradarshani (Jagat Mukherjee Park)

75     Welington Nagarik Kalyan Samity

Last updated on 30.09.22, 03:17 PM

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