As the state reels under drought-like situation, aware citizens are trying to find ways to prevent water wastage during the festival of colours. A Worli-based women’s organisation - Mamta Mahila Pratishthan - has decided to enjoy the festival the eco-friendly way. They are organising an all-women get-together at a prime location near Worli and intend to use only natural colours and no water.
All women in the area are invited and the group is expecting at least 1,000 of them to come together and celebrate the festival. The members of the organisation will distribute invites in the area that will act as entry passes to the event.
Interestingly, the get-together has been planned on Holi around 6.30 pm, after the city is done with its revelry. To mark the occasion, the group has also decided to make a documentary on the water usage in the city and how citizens can prevent wastage of water. For this, they have approached the BMC water department for statistics. The documentary will be screened during the get-together.
A senior civic official from the water department, said, “We welcome such initiatives as this would ultimately be useful to us in supplying the city with adequate water and less water cuts.” When asked about the odd timing, Kishori Pednekar, a corporator and a member of Mamta Mahila Pratishthan, said, “Our area gets water from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
The importance of water will be fresh in the mind of the participants and they will understand the documentary better. Also, many males physically harass women under the pretext of the festival and so women are always on their guard and cannot enjoy the festivities to the hilt.
But here, only women will be allowed and they can enjoy to the hilt without worrying about chemicals or eve-teasers. The concept of ‘Sookhi Holi’ or water-free Holi was born keeping in mind the drought-like situation in the state.”