Green Picnic Mission
The Green Picnic Mission (henceforth, GPM) is a name that, most nature lovers and enthusiasts, from Durgapur and adjacent areas, can relate to easily. The program was initiated in 2016-2017, under the name of Durgapur Barrage Cleaning Campaign, under the banner of erstwhile Birding Durgapur. A brainchild of our founding member as well as Governing Body member Nirjhar Banerjee, GPM is a culmination of a movement that started with only five (5) nature enthusiasts and bird lovers [Milan Kanti Mandal (DFO, Durgapur), Kamol Raha, Abhijeet Sett, Nirjhar Banerjee and Sagar Adhurya], during 2016-2017. Initially undermined, this project turned out to be a grand success, in the following year 2017-2018, when the number of participants skyrocketed to around 82.
The need for such a campaign, arose out of the immediate need, of educating and making the picnickers aware about the ill-effects of using use-and-throw plastic and thermoplastic utensils and their improper management, uncontrolled playing of DJ microphones (or, as some others say, boomboxes), stampeding on nests of some river-bank birds build on the sandbanks, and several other nuisances.