Residents cancel rain dance, check water wastage in societies
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.
People light the traditional bonfire at Kopar Khairane on Wednesday night.