The week-long Bandra Fair in Mumbai, also known as Mount Mary Fair, is going that extra mile to make it eco-friendly. This year, the church authority has decided to reduce the plastic waste and thermocol waste during the fair and spread the message of environmental sustainability.
The Church has been taking baby steps towards environmental friendly offering for the past few months. It is a belief that if you want to make a wish come true, offers a replica of that item to Mother Mary. Devotees who come with thermocol items related to their wish have been stopped by the church authority since past few months. Over 120 stalls have been installed in and around the Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra for the week-long affair. A senior functionary from the Church urged the stall owners to reduce the use of plastic this year during the fair. As reported by dnaindia, His Grace Bishop John Rodrigues, rector of Mount Mary Basilica, said, “Thermocol offering has been banned because of its problematic disposal. A few months ago, we gave a deadline to the stall owners and asked them to stop selling thermocol offering. Now they have started making the offerings with cardboard. So now there is hardly any thermocol offering to Mother Mary.”
Besides the eco-friendly initiative, this year the authority has taken care of safety measures of the devotees visiting Mount Mary’s Basilica for the fair. A ramp for physically challenged devotees which was temporarily constructed last year has been constructed permanently for their convenience.