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Dombivli heroes to turn Holi flowers into organic manure

A city-based couple will visit housing societies tomorrow, to collect flowers and stop people from throwing them into rivers and lakes

Every year after each religious festival, it is the same story — beaches full of garbage, choked nullahs and millions of flowers flowing down dirty creeks. This year though, there will be a little less garbage to deal with.

Each mandal or household pays Rs 30 as transportation cost for taking the flowers and offerings
Each mandal or household pays Rs 30 as transportation cost for taking the flowers and offerings

To make sure that garlands and flowers offered to the Gods during Holi are not dumped into lakes and creeks, Dombivli resident Manasi Bhange, her family and friends have sent off a flurry of SMSes to various mandals in the area to preserve their Nirmalya (religious offerings) at the site after Holi.

Bhange and her husband have been collecting Nirmalya from various residential colonies for the past year during Ganpati and Navratri. The offerings are taken to Murbad where the family owns a small animal hospital and a plot of land. Here, the family creates organic manure from it.

Each household or mandal pays the family Rs 30 as transportation cost. Speaking to sunday mid-day Bhange said, “We have to pay the volunteers their salary,” explains Bhange whose team currently collects over 60 kg of nirmalya from housing societies each month. Residents, too, are happy with the initiative. Yogesh Juikar, a resident from Dombivli, said, “Earlier I too used to throw the flowers into a creek but now I have stopped doing so.”

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2 Comments

  • Vikas Sharma18-Mar-2014

    Nice work..Keep it Up...want ur contact number so we can also become a part of this....

  • Manish18-Mar-2014

    Nice effort.. more awareness should be created.. Keep it up...

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