E-waste becomes Ravan

GIGANTIC PROBLEM: The e-waste Ravan sculpture inaugurated at Jayadev Vihar in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: The municipal corporation in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, a wing of World Bank, installed an e-waste sculpture at Jayadev Vihar Square on Tuesday to spread awareness on the rising volumes of electronic waste.

With the installation, the authorities aim to highlight improper disposal and treatment of e-waste.

Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena inaugurated the sculpture under the Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project, a part of the IFC-EU Eco-Cities Programme.

The sculpture is crafted out of discarded e-waste and is shaped like demon king Ravan. Named e-Ravan, it seeks to draw attention to the e-waste issue before it goes out of control.

The sculpture has been designed and built by artist Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty and his team comprising Bidyadhar Majhi, Raju Bhoi and Mahesh.

“We used obsolete computer monitors as the 10 heads of Ravan. The body parts are made of motherboards, keyboards, integrated circuits and other e-waste,” said Mohanty.

“We already have a mechanism to recycle and process e-waste scientifically,” said the mayor.

Source: The Telegraph

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