Vodafone-Idea has partnered with Pune Municipal Corporation and National Chemical Laboratory for the second consecutive year.
After a resounding response to the Vodafone Eco Ponds initiative during Ganeshotsav 2017, Vodafone Idea Limited announces Vodafone Eco Ponds, 2018, for eco-friendly Visarjan needs in Pune.
Each year, over 75 lakh Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris are immersed in water bodies in and around Pune at the conclusion of the 11 day festival, leaving behind tonnes of non-degradable waste. Reports show that in and around Pune, water bodies showed a 100X increase in heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead, known to affect nerves and kidneys, post Anant Chaturdashi.
Vodafone Idea’s research in Pune suggested that residents have been on the lookout for solutions to prevent pollution, even while permitting them to continue with their social/religious practices.
The Vodafone Eco Ponds arose with a determination to find an environment-friendly solution that will also preserve the sanctity surrounding Ganeshotsav. Conceived in partnership with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Vodafone Eco Ponds in Pune were used for immersing over 3100 Ganesha idols during Ganeshotsav 2017.
This year, Vodafone Idea Ltd. has set up Vodafone Eco Ponds, a temporary water tank set-up equipped with a promoter and a life guard, at seven Vodafone stores across the city. Starting September 13th, Punekars can visit any of these store locations with their Ganesh idols, where they will be assisted to carry out the Visarjan.
Additionally, four mobile Vodafone Eco Ponds have been introduced this year. Housing societies in Pune can get the facility of a mobile Vodafone Eco Pond within their premises to carry out an eco-friendly Visarjan!
Ganeshotsav is the most anticipated annual festival for Punekars. As the largest and most preferred telecom network in Maharashtra, and a responsible corporate citizen, Vodafone Eco Ponds helped recycle 13 tonnes of PoP and generated 1 lakh litres of fertiliser post Ganeshotsav 2017. This resource was subsequently distributed to farmers in Maharashtra.
Bappa devotees can also search for the closest Vodafone Eco Pond by using Maps or dial 7391000000 for information on Vodafone Eco Ponds locations.
Here’s a list of where you can find Vodafone Store Eco Ponds across Pune:
Get an eco-friendly Visarjan done, Pune! The best way to bid our dear Bappa farewell! #GoodInGoodbyes