The Entertainment Duty (ED) department will appeal the police commissionerate to not give permission to Holi parties in the backdrop of drought-like situation in many parts of the state. As of now the department had received six forms requesting no-objection certificates for such events. However, the head of the unit, Geetanjali Shirke, said that she will hold onto the NOCs and will place this matter before higher authorities, considering the scarcity of water in the entire state.
“The wastage of water during Holi parties can’t be ignored. Huge quantities are wasted in the rain dance during the events organised to celebrate the festival,” said Shirke. She added that event organisers had to acquire as many as thirteen permissions from various departments to hold the bashes.
“However, the final decision of sanctioning these parties remains in the hands of the police commissionerate. Therefore the ED department will ask officials there to deny go-ahead to all Holi parties, which waste water in the name of festivities,” Shirke said. She added that last year the department had taken action against the private rain dance party on Holi in Bibwewadi for wastage of large amounts of water.
In a recent statement, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan too said that this year’s drought is more severe than the one in 1972. The situation in the district is also critical and according to the state water resources department, only 31 per cent of water stock is left in various dams of the district.
The city president of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Rahul Mhaske also submitted a letter to Shirke, appealing the department to stop the upcoming Holi parties.
“Party hoppers are the least bothered about the drought-like situation in the state. So, we have asked the ED department to not permit Holi parities,” said Mhaske.