Permits for Holi events in Pune come with a rider

Collector tells event managers only dry colours will be allowed keeping in mind water scarcity in city.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published: March 19, 2016 12:10:37 am

HOLI EVENTS at farm houses will now be given a “conditional clearance” , Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao said on Friday.

“While I had issued orders for no permissions for the Holi event last week, a group of event managers met me today and requested for permission for events after agreeing that there would be no wastage of water. With this assurance to play dry holi, we decided to given them a conditional clearance for these events,’’ said the collector on Friday after holding a meeting with event managers.

The event managers in their meeting expressed their concern that they were unable to get clearances from the police department as they did not have a go-ahead from the entertainment department of the District Collectorate. With the collector willing to give “conditional clearance” to such events, the event managers can now get clearances to host the event as well as get police permissions.

The collector had, however, last week issued stringent orders that no such events will be permitted in the wake of the impending water crisis and the gruelling summers ahead. The collector had issued directions of not giving any water for irrigation purpose and reserving the stock only for drinking purpose.

As per the undertaking to be taken from these event managers, they would have to clearly give in writing that there would be no wastage of water, no use of chemical colours and will celebrate only a dry holi. They have to extend their support to the district administration for helping to conserve the water sources, said the collector. A separate squad will be set up to monitor these events and check whether they are wasting water and due fine would be levied.

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