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Artisan bid to promote eco-friendly Durga idols

By Correspondent

DHUBRI, Sept 16 - The effort of this idol maker teaches us to promote eco-friendly idols made out of different kinds of unused materials every year and his exercise simply seems to be unstoppable.

Like every year this year too, Pradip Ghosh has come up with a unique idea of making a Durga idol out of unused materials that is environment-friendly. This year Ghosh will be displaying his six-foot-tall Durga idol made out of sugarcane waste in the Raja Prabhat Chandra Baruah playground.

Ghosh has been attracting the attention of many since 1992 for making idols of the goddess from different unused materials like coconut waste, vegetable waste, used sponge gourd scrub, used plastic bottles, discarded vehicle wheel tubes, chapatti made out of rotten wheat etc. Ghosh also decorated pandals by using different waste materials like plastic bottles and rotten dals.

For procuring the waste materials, Ghosh hardly invests any extra money. �This year, I asked the sugarcane juice makers to donate their wastes to me, which they happily did. And from those waste materials, the idol of Godess Durga has been made,� Ghosh said.

The motive of this 42-year-old private tutor behind making idols out of waste materials is to promote the use of eco-friendly products while celebrating festivals and for decorative purpose. While talking to this correspondent, Gosh said, �If waste materials could be used for a purpose, why give the environment an extra burden.� He also said that using waste materials for different purpose is not only cheap but is also very attractive.

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