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Mar 26, 2013 at 08:41am IST

Maharashtra drought: Many in Mumbai promise Holi without water

Mumbai: It's tough to imagine Holi with no water, but that is exactly what Mumbai is aspiring to do this year. An extreme water crisis in the state has prompted various institutions in the city to try and do their bit during this festival. As Maharashtra faces one of its worst droughts in four decades, the city promises to do its bit.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will ensure that the special tankers will not make an appearance around housing societies this year. The BMC will also not sell portable or non-portable water tankers to anyone during Holi and Rangpanchami.

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Even as some housing societies are willing, the question is whether young Mumbaikars will be able to water down their celebrations.

At a time when many parts of the state are facing a severe water crisis, initiatives like 'Paani ki Pehchaan' send across a strong message, that of celebrating Holi with a difference like students at the Poddar School. They are aware of the crisis and that explains how the young lot has come up with a no-water Holi through puppet shows and awareness programmes.

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Even Bollywood, famous for its flamboyant festivities, seems to be striking a sombre note this year. Actor Ajay Devgn said, "We should save water."

Come Holi, it remains to be seen whether these words will translate into action.

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