Times Green Ganesha (TGG) is an initiative by The Times of India along with Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to urge people to be conscious of the environment during the festive season.
We stated this eco-friendly initiative in 2008 and this is the tenth year of TGG. This initiative aspires to be a movement spreading awareness celebrating an eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi.
We started this initiative to educate young generation as you all are torch bearers of the next generation. You must understand that protecting the environment is not an option, but it is a necessity.
This initiative involves citizens from all walks of life, creates awareness and encourages them to be eco-friendly,
We instituted Times Green Ganesha award to encourage environment friendly thinking and instil a sense of responsibility amongst citizens. This Award felicitates most eco-friendly Ganesh Mandals, Societies and Home Ganpatis on various parameters. The four main parameters are eco-friendly Ganesh moorty, decoration, procession and immersion.
More than 300 Ganapati mandals and 200 Housing societies participated in Times Green Ganesha last year. We conducted several workshops at various schools and colleges. We invited celebrities to visit eco friendly mandals in Mumbai to encourage more and more people to celebrate this festival in an eco-friendly manner. We also conduct a beach clean up drive at Girgaum Chowpatty with more than 1000 volunteers each year. Brihan Mumbai Sarvajanik Samanway Samiti, an entity representing 12,000 Ganesh Mandals in the city is working closely with Times Green Ganesha.
We all can take simple steps to reduce pollution.
All you have to do is
1) Use eco-friendly material for Ganesha idols and decoration
2) Reduce Noise pollution
3) User artificial water body for immersion
We want each one of you to spread this message in your community.
If you can influence even one individual, you are doing your bit to save the environment.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is implementing various environmental legislations in the state of Maharashtra, mainly including Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, Water (Cess) Act, 1977 and some of the provisions under Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986 and the rules framed there under like, Biomedical Waste (M&H) Rules, 1998, Hazardous Waste (M&H) Rules, 2000, Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000 etc. MPCB is functioning under the administrative control of Environment Department of Government of Maharashtra.