Many housing societies are using Holi to create awareness about air pollution and tree conservation.
A cluster of residential colonies in Borivli have decided to light a single bonfire on Sunday to reduce air pollution.
“I have been a resident of the area for more than 15 years. Having a single celebration for the whole block is a good idea. It also shows the solidarity among residents,” said Darshana Parpani, a Yogi Nagar resident. He added that the pyre could be bigger this year, as against previous years.
Residents of 30 chawls in Kumbharwada, Girgaum, have decided to celebrate the festival together, but with fewer bonfires. “We must always ensure that we cause the least possible harm to the environment. We will ask other residents to celebrate in the same manner,” said Deepak Solanki, Kumbharwada resident.
A 12-building complex in Borivli has been celebrating Holi in an eco-friendly way since the past few years.
“Those living in high-rises must come together and celebrate the festival,” said Karan Menon, secretary of cultural committee of Country Park.
Some societies have opted to avoid the bonfire altogether. “We will just play Dhuleti this year. There will be a pyre opposite our society. People can pray there. Let us try to reduce air pollution this year,” said Umesh Shah, resident of Rajawadi Society, Ghatkopar.