Res­i­dents can­cel rain dance, check wa­ter wastage in so­ci­eties

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra. sen­gupta@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Hit by wa­ter cri­sis, res­i­dents played down Holi cel­e­bra­tions this year.

Hous­ing so­ci­eties from dif­fer­ent parts of the city pledged to save wa­ter and pre­vent any wastage of wa­ter. Even chil­dren did away with wa­ter bal­loons and pichkari ( wa­ter guns), a com­mon sight ev­ery year dur­ing Holi.

The NRI Com­plex in Sea­woods can­celled its rain dance and opted f or a dry Holi. “We can­celled all grand cel­e­bra­tions and cel­e­brated a dry Holi,” said San­jeev Ku­mar, mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee of NRI.

Res­i­dents of Re­gency Gar­dens in Kharghar opted for a dry Holi and kept alert on any wa­ter wastage in the so­ci­ety.

“We had de­cided to im­pose a fine of Rs50,000 to any res­i­dent found wast­ing even a min­i­mum amount of wa­ter which was al­ready put up in the no­tice board days be­fore,” said Mayank Sa­hai, res­i­dent of Re­gency Gar­dens.

While most so­ci­eties in one of the most prom­i­nent nodes Vashi also stuck to dry or no holi. Res­i­dents of Apee­jay co- op hous­ing so­ci­ety in sec- tor 17 Vashi also de­cided to play dry holi.

“We all are aware of the reel­ing wa­ter cri­sis in Navi Mum­bai hence our so­ci­ety opted for only Ti­lak Holi and DJ,” said Prashant Dalvi, res­i­dent of the so­ci­ety. While res­i­dents of Mathura build­ing in sec­tor 9 in Vashi com­pletely skipped the cel­e­bra­tion. For, some res­i­dents it was sim­ply a get- to­gether with­out both­er­ing about the lack of wa­ter for the cel­e­bra­tions. “This holi is spe­cial be­cause, in spite of the wa­ter prob­lems we are fac­ing, we still cel­e­brated holi not with col­ors and wa­ter but by join­ing and wish­ing each other hav­ing a lav­ish meal with each other,” said Swap­nil Ya­dav, res­i­dent of Em­pire co- op hous­ing so­ci­ety in sec­tor 15 Kopar Khairane.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Peo­ple light the tra­di­tional bon­fire at Kopar Khairane on Wed­nes­day night.

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