Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Vodafone initiates eco-friendly Ganesh immersion

(L to R) Dr. Shubhangi Umbarkar of NCL, Ashish Chandra, Business Head, Maharashtra & Goa Circle, Vodafone India and Suresh Jagtap, Joint Commissioner Solid waste Management Department, PMC launching Vodafone Eco-Pond for eco- friendly Ganesh immersion 


PUNE:  Vodafone India today unveiled its unique initiative ‘Vodafone Eco-Ponds’ on the occasion of 125th anniversary of Ganeshotsav celebrations in the city. Vodafone’s Maharashtra & Goa circle has partnered with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in an attempt to help citizens across the city celebrate and immerse Ganesh idols in an environment friendly manner.

Vodafone has set up ‘Vodafone Eco-Ponds’, a temporary water tank setup equipped with a promoter and a life guard at 8 Vodafone stores across the city. Puneites can visit any of the stores with their Ganesh idols, where they will be assisted to carry out the Visarjan. Devotees can dial 7391000000 to locate all the Vodafone Eco-Ponds. Additionally Vodafone also plans to set up a Mobile Visarjan Van, which will be visiting select large housing societies, old age homes, where it would provide Visarjan facility exclusively to the residents of the society.  

‘Vodafone Eco-Ponds’were unveiled at the hands of the Suresh Jagtap, Joint Commissioner,  Solid waste Management Department, Pune Municipal Corporation and Dr. Shubhangi B Umbarkar, Senior Scientist, Catalysis Division - CSIR National Chemical Laboratory in presence of Ashish Chandra, Business Head, Maharashtra & Goa Circle, Vodafone India.

Speaking about the initiative Ashish Chandra, Business Head, Maharashtra & Goa Circle, Vodafone India said, “PMC along with NCL have been in the forefront in encouraging people to undertake immersion at home in order to keep water bodies from polluting.  Vodafone Eco-Ponds initiative that aims to reach out to as many citizens to help them carry out Ganesh Visarjan in an eco-friendly manner.”

Dr. Shubhangi B Umbarkar – Senior Scientist, Catalysis Division - CSIR National Chemical Laboratorysaid, “This is social project on which CSIR, NCL has worked for almost three years in collaboration with PMC. Already last year many people have given positive response and around 25-30000 people have implemented it at home. But looking at the population of Pune city, this number needs to increase multi fold and I am sure initiative taken by Vodafone will have positive impact in achieving this goal.”

Suresh Jagtap, Joint Commissioner, Solid waste Management Department, Pune Municipal Corporation said, “The response from Punekars to our new method of Ganesh immersion has been overwhelming. I appreciate Vodafone for this unique initiative.” 


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