CYG goes Green

Nearly 500 slums in Pune will receive 200 Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs and an equal amount of saplings free of cost as part of a unique ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ campaign launched by the organising committee of Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) to conserve energy.The purpose behind the drive, started by CYG under its Green Games initiative is to create awareness about energy conservation. The official mascot 'Jigrr 'distributed CFL bulbs and saplings among the slum dwellers of Mawale Ali, Karve Nagar.Present on the occasion were advisor to CYG Adityan Kumar, Shantanu Dixit of Prayas, Babita Prakash of WNS, Narendra Chawhan and the convener of 'Paryawaran Mitra' and Chairman of NGO Sarathi Shankar Kalmani. The campaign is being supported by University of Pune (UoP), Indian Medical Association (IMA) Pune charter, British Gas and WNS.Commenting on the campaign Kalmani said, “The main objective of the program is to create sensitivity among people to conserve energy. To make the campaign effective street plays were also performed to make the people awre about power shortage and effects of global warming” Around 1,100 volunteers comprising doctors, engineers, advocates and software engineers will work on the programme. IMA has dedicated 100 doctors for the campaign with each slum being allotted 25 volunteers each. The volunteers are expected to give the slums a cleaner and greener look with the best slum being feted at the CYG games.

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