After a successful first edition in 2017, this Sunday evening, an entire service road in Porvorim will see no vehicles moving. ‘NoMoZo’ promoting a pollution-free, green and clean Porvorim has plenty in store for people, including the presence of former cricketer and Bigg Boss 12’s first runner-up S Sreesanth
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An initiative that was brought alive last year in December has now become an annual sought after event in Porvorim. Months of planning go into the making of NoMoZo spearheaded by local MLA and minister of Revenue, Information Technology and Labour and Employment, Rohan Khaunte under his citizens collective, Porvorim Rising. The highlight of the NoMoZo event this year however, will be former cricketer and Bigg Boss 12’s first runner-up S Sreesanth.
The event with a social aim of promoting a pollution free, green and clean Porvorim was a success in December 2017. It also became a day spent in fellowship with fellow citizens of the Porvorim, which also had in attendance several people from Goa who wanted to get a glimpse and enjoy a fun filled Sunday.
“This initiative was carried out last year with the intention of bringing about a change in the social mindset of a sustainable living where we promote a pollution free environment and a healthier outlook towards living the everyday life,” says one of the core organisers Ninil D’Souza. The entire event is being planned and executed by close to 100 like-mined people.
By choosing alternatives to vehicular transport like walking and cycling, the eventual aim is to reduce the issues of traffic, pollution and induce healthier choices amongst the people. NoMoZo will take place on the service road stretch in Porvorim from the old Directorate of Education (near IHM) to ACDIL High School. Here the service road will be cordoned off so that people can walk and run around freely while enjoying the fun, games and adventure activities with the purpose of promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The service road will be buzzing with various stalls selling food, a special kid zone, various forms of martial arts, dances, Zumba, street plays, pottery and much more. Ninil tells us that this year has a lot to offer. There will be a special ‘Art Zone’ that will have students of Goa College of Art and Bal Bhavan who will be doing live paintings, stone art, etc. At a specially arranged IT Zone there will be demonstrations of 3D painting, drones and virtual reality. Food stalls at the event will be serving home cooked food sans promoting any brand or outlet.
“This event will also try and keep the Goan tradition alive and revive the Goan way of life. There will be traditional musicians like Lawrence and his troupe on the ghumot, an orchestra with a group of 35 artists, and more,” informs Ninil.
Like the first edition, here too there will be special zones for senior citizens and an inclusive zone for children with special needs to mingle with others. From face painting and balloon making and wealth of out waste, there’s a lot in store for everyone.
Here, people of all ages will get to spend time together amidst fun, and interesting things to do, without having to worry about vehicular traffic on the road or pollution, all this while being made aware of the advantages of reducing the use of transport for the good of all of us.
(The event will take place on January 13, 3.30 p.m. onwards. It is open to all.)