IN THE wake of extreme water crisis in the city, the Pune district administration is ensuring that the sole water body supplying water to the city—the Khadakwasla Dam—remains clean and devoid of pollutants, especially with Holi and Rangpanchami round the corner.
The district administration has issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code to prevent revellers from entering the Khadakwasla dam waters between March 24 and 27.
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In a letter, SDO Haveli Snehal Barge said, looking at how water levels are steadily falling in dams, care should be taken to protect the water body from any kind of pollution, especially by revellers during Holi. “It has been noticed that during Holi, revellers, who often hold picnics near the dam, enter the dam water and mix colours in water, throw food packets and plastic, thereby contaminating the water,’’ said Barge in the order.
Meanwhile, the district collector has said it will initiate strict action against any water resorts indulging in rain dance or such events. Even as Holi events have been permitted, there is a rider that only dry colours be used and there be no wastage of water. With Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan issuing directives on the same, all water bodies are to be strictly watched ahead of the festival season. With Marathwada and some western parts of the state facing severe water shortage, any water-theme based entertainment has been put on hold.
The letter further states that those violating the preventive orders could face action under Section 188 for violation of official orders.
Recently, the collector of the drought-hit Latur, Pandurang Pol, imposed an order prohibiting the gathering of more than five persons in areas around 20 water storage tanks until May 31. In what is perhaps a first in the state, the collector had issued the directions under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code as a preventive measure to tackle violence over water around the Latur civic body-run tanks.