To encourage Ganesh Chaturthi festival mandals to take care of the environment, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has decided that it will continue with the Mumbai Mirror Green Ganesha Awards introduced last year.
Environmental degradation is becoming an unfortunate practice when it comes to the Ganesh festival, whether it involves burning stacks of wood in Holi fires or polluting the air with huge amount of fireworks.
Last year, some 150 mandals competed for the Green Ganesha prize.
This year, the inaugural program will be a panel discussion on Eco-friendly consciousness towards celebrating festivals.
A Green panel will visit the participating Ganesh mandaps and will grade and judge them for their green quotient. The prizes will be awarded in September 2009.
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Entries for the Green Ganesha awards will be invited through advertisements in newspapers as well as radio and SMS. The judges will include MPCB officials, art directors and celebrities.
The parameters/guidelines of a Green Ganesha to win the prize are that the idol, decoration and method of immersion should be environment-friendly.
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