Kalyan, Dom­bivli see a noise­less cel­e­bra­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Sajana Nam­biar sajana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KALYAN: In­stead of burst­ing crack­ers, peo­ple in Kalyan and Dom­bivli have been cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali a lit­tle dif­fer­ently this year.

Four­teen-year-old Aditi Shankle­sha along with sib­lings Ishika Shankle­sha, Daksh Shankle­sha and Jhanvi Jain de­cided to put up posters en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to cel­e­brate an eco-friendly Di­wali this year.

The group has put up 40 posters, bear­ing the mes­sage ‘Avoid too much of sound and light, cel­e­brate an eco-friendly Di­wali’, at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Kalyan (West).

“We all de­cided to make posters for Di­wali this year to en­cour­age peo­ple be en­vi­ron­ment friendly. We then put up the posters across the city,” said Aditi.

Mean­while, many res­i­den­tial com­plexes opted to cel­e­brate Di­wali with­out caus­ing noise pol­lu­tion.

A so­ci­ety in Chinch­pada in Kalyan (East) told its res­i­dents through a no­tice, ask­ing them not to burst loud crack­ers this year.

“Since the po­lice have al­ready alerted the res­i­dents of Kalyan about the norms re­gard­ing the crack­ers, we have re­quested our peo­ple to fol­low it. It is good if the res­i­dents, them­selves, take in­tia­tive and con­trib­ute to­wards an ecofriendly Di­wali,” said one of the res­i­dents.

An or­gan­i­sa­tion in Dom­bivli, Maitri Kalyankari Sanstha, vis­ited the Om Sai Se­nior Cit­i­zen Home to cel­e­brate Di­wali with the res­i­dents there.

Peo­ple also came down to the Kalyan mar­ket from all cor­ners of the two cities to shop for their Di­wali es­sen­tials. The mar­ket saw a huge crowd clam­our­ing for the lamps and ran­goli colours

“Ini­tially, there were very few peo­ple sell­ing colours and lamps at this mar­ket. But af­ter­wards, many did not sell crack­ers and started sell­ing lamps and colours. I have al­ready sold 50kg of colours in a day,” said a 32-year-old ven­dor, Shailesh Ti­wari.

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