Pune: After the district authorities appealed to the people to tone down their Holi celebrations in the wake of the huge agricultural loss of farmers due to hailstorm in various parts of the state, several housing society members in the city have decided to celebrate waterless Holi.
Last year, due to the less monsoon, the district authorities had requested the residents to celebrate a waterless Holi.
This year too, some housing societies, which are conscious about water conservation, decided to play Holi with dry colours and thus to avoid water wastage.
One such society member Manoj Kulkarni of Sinhgad Road said, “This year, we have decided not to celebrate Holi with any water-based colour. This will save water and also keep the society premises clean.” “We will have a meeting with society members where we will be appealing to the society members not to use water while celebrating Holi, said the Urbangram resident. Kulkarni said that since the farmers are suffering, it is not appropriate for them to celebrate the festival with great fervour. “This is also one of the reasons not to celebrate the Holi in grand manner,” he said.
It is for the third consecutive year that Baner’s Nachiket Park residents are planning a waterless Holi. Speaking to , a resident Rahul Avasthee said, “Since the past three weeks, we are relentlessly going door-to-door urging people to support waterless Holi. Till two years ago, there were about 50% residents here who used to enjoy Holi with water. But today, this figure has dropped to 5% which is our success.”
Avasthee believes that people might not take Whatsapp or similar messages seriously and hence has resorted to door-to-door campaigning.
He hopes that this year there would be alteast close to 200 residents in the area who will be influenced.
Dharma Prakash Bhatia(55), a resident of Harmony Society in Vimannagar plans, where the residents will be celebrating organic Holi said, “Over 450 residents in this society are planning for a Holi where we will be using colours that are made of natural flowers. This will not only be best for the skin and but also avoid pollution.”