Don’t waste wa­ter dur­ing Holi, civic body to hous­ing so­ci­eties Jewellery, lap­top robbed from Kopar Khairane home

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUM­BAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra. sen­gupta@ hin­dus­tan­times. com HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com.

With fur­ther cut in wa­ter sup­ply an­nounced by the wa­ter sup­ply de­part­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), of­fi­cials are ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents not to waste wa­ter this Holi.

Holi will be cel­e­brated on March 23.

The NMMC has de­cided to cut wa­ter sup­ply dur­ing evenings for six days a week from Mon­day.

The civic body has de­cided to do ex­ten­sive aware­ness cam­paign­ing to urge peo­ple to have a wa­ter­less Holi to save wa­ter in the time of wa­ter cri­sis.

The NMMC of­fi­cials have planned to spread mes­sages through posters, ban­ners and hoard­ings ask­ing peo­ple to only play dry Holi.

“We will pledge to save wa­ter An In­dian silk cot­ton tree, also known as savar, on the Bad­la­pur-Am­ber­nath high­way is filled with red flow­ers, which blooms at the out­set of sum­mer. in ev­ery way pos­si­ble this Holi and are ex­pect­ing res­i­dents to co-op­er­ate with us,” said mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane.

Of­fi­cials said the NMMC has al­ready started printed ban­ners and hand­bills which will be put at all prom­i­nent lo­ca­tions and also dis­trib­uted in schools, col­leges and hous­ing so­ci­eties.

“We will be do­ing as much aware­ness through var­i­ous medi­ums as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing so­cial me­dia net­works. It has to be a com­bined ef­fort to save wa­ter to last till mon­soon,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, wa­ter de­part­ment, NMMC.

While the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion is step­ping up ef­forts to spread ‘ save wa­ter’ mes­sage, some hous­ing so­ci­eties and as­so­ci­a­tions have al­ready come for­ward to do their bit.

The Nerul-Be­la­pur’s Walk­ers As­so­ci­a­tions have de­cided to cel­e­brate a dry Holi.

“We have been al­ways try­ing not to waste wa­ter dur­ing Holi. This time, we will use only nat­u­ral colours and play dry Holi. This is a small step to con­serve wa­ter in times of scarcity,” said Bri­gadier Dharam­prakash, mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Many res­i­dents said they have al­ready planned to dis­cuss this in their up­com­ing so­ci­ety meet­ing and ap­peal to all to save wa­ter.

“We had been plan­ning this for a few days and have put up on our no­tice board to use wa­ter ju­di­ciously and also take care that chil­dren do not use pipe wa­ter,” said Sub­hadeep Bhat­tacharya, res­i­dent of Balaji Hous­ing So­ci­ety in Sea­woods.

“The de­ci­sion is a must as many places in the city have acute wa­ter short­age,” he added.

T h e Ko p a r Khairane po­lice have reg­is­tered a case af­ter some uniden­ti­fied peo­ple broke into a row house and stole valu­ables worth Rs1.79 lakh.

Ac­cord­ing to t he po­lice, Venkat Subra­ma­niam, a res­i­dent of row house num­ber 1 at Dh­wani hous­ing so­ci­ety in Sec­tor 15, had gone to Tiru­pati with his fam­ily on Fe­bru­ary 25. They re­turned on Wed­nes­day to see that the house had been bro­ken into.

“We think the in­ci­dent took place a few hours be­fore we reached home. We spot­ted pieces of choco­lates on the floor which had not melted,” Subra­ma­niam said.

The cul­prits en­tered the house by break­ing the lock at the main en­trance and then broke open the cup­boards. The stolen goods in­cluded gold jew­ellery, a lap­top, US$250 and UAE dirham 600.

“There were nei­ther se­cu­rity guards nor CCTV cam­eras on the premises. Even the neigh­bours have also pleaded ig­no­rance about the in­ci­dent,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

“We have reg­is­tered a case un­der sec­tions 454, 457, and 380 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC). It is too early to sus­pect any­one to be in­volved. We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and hope to solve it soon,” he added.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

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