Green fes­ti­val

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

Tourism, while be­ing a boon to this hill sta­tion, is also its bane, with a large num­ber of vis­i­tors throw­ing garbage around. “Matheran is a small and a del­i­cate place but the per­cent­age of foot­falls is very high. It’s a chal­lenge to con­trol the waste they pro­duce, and how they in­ter­act with the en­vi­ron­ment,” says Prachi Ujjwal, co- founder of The New Bom­bay De­sign and MGF cu­ra­tor.

The fes­ti­val, now in its sec­ond year, works with Matheran Hill Sta­tion Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil and Matheran Pratisthan, an NGO set up to re­alise the vi­sion of putting the hill sta­tion on the global map.

Apart from re­viv­ing the cul­tural and so­cial as­pects of Matheran, MGF also fo­cuses heav­ily on en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion. From waste seg­re­ga­tion to elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion us­ing bio­gas, the team at Matheran Pratisthan and the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, with the help of lo­cals, are start­ing a revo­lu­tion. Prachi ex­plains, “We start from the waste that is gen­er­ated ev­ery day by tourists, res­i­dents and ho­tels. First, the waste is seg­re­gated into biodegrad­able and non­degrad­able ma­te­ri­als. The biodegrad­able waste is trans­ported to the bio­gas plant set up in Matheran and con­verted into bio­gas and elec­tric­ity, which sup­plies power to the town’s street lights. Non­degrad­able ma­te­ri­als like plas­tic bot­tles are sent to a crush­ing ma­chine, which pro­duces biodiesel out of it.”

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