The relatively new Udayan Puja Samiti working in close coordination with the civic bodies and local RWAs organised a Navratri celebration at a community centre off the Noida Expressway near Sector 82. One of the key objectives other than mere celebration was to create awareness amongst the citizens about environment-related issues and sustainable changes that can be brought in daily lives.
The Durga Puja Pandal this year unlike the previous years was made entirely of Bamboo, Cloth, Mud and Clay with minimum use of Plastic. The idols too were made of eco-friendly substances and were immersed in pits instead of the river. Plastic was not used even in the form of cutlery and 800 stainless steel utensils were taken on loan by the authority. The utensils were procured by the “Bartan Bank” started by Noida Authority.
According to the organisers, the pandal was made keeping in mind the guidelines, of DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Council). The Pandal was decorated by Bamboo and Clay instead of thermocol and Plaster of Paris. “Our decoration items were eco-friendly like, bamboo, jute, cane and winnowing baskets were used. We hired Bengali artisans to make paper lanterns and other artefacts. Instead of Plastic of Paris, paper mache was used.” said Anuj Chakravorty, organiser of the pandal.
To propagate the agenda further, various events were held for people of all ages, poster making, dance competition and even the best of waste. Panchami had visitors relishing home-cooked food in a cookery competition held. On Saptami musical events happened. Apart from musical events, there was a theatre performance on Ashtami. On Navami, there was a dhunuchi dance competition and a Bharat Natyam performance. At the end of the performances diaries made from recycled paper were given as mementos to all the participants and the chief guests talked about the 3Rs, i.e. is reduce, reuse and recycle and insisted that people bring about changes in their everyday lives, he ended the events by saying, “Mata toh 9 din mein chali jaati hai lekin prakriti maata humare saathh humesha raheti hai aur ek hi hai.”