Bookworms need some green lessons. Having been in the receiving end for not roping in litterbugs at the book fair grounds, the Publishers and Booksellers Guild has decided to launch a green army at the fair.
Volunteers in green overalls will direct visitors at the Maidan grounds to throw their coffee cups in the trash bin.
“We will give the 125 volunteers a green uniform so that they stand out as eco-friendly volunteers of the guild. The green brigade will be team up with officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation when they sensitise the public about waste disposal. Unless people become more aware, the book fair cannot be made eco-friendly,” said Kalyan Shah, former president of the guild. What’s more, neon signs will be placed at strategic points on the fairground with dos and don’ts of garbage disposal.
The state government is planning to appeal to the court in the coming week to allow the fair to be held at the Maidan in 2007. The guild is expected to be a party in the litigation. Subhas Dutta, who had taken the state government to court more than once over polluting the Maidan, is not averse to the idea of legally challenging the government’s decision on this count.