Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 20:
On the eve of World Water Day on March 22, Bakul Foundation today used the platform of Bhubaneswar’s Raahgiri to create awareness on water issues in Odisha in an innovative way.
The focus of the awareness programme was centred around the upcoming Holi festival, which is not considered water friendly given a lot of water is wasted for cleaning. Besides, pollution level rises in water bodies as harmful chemicals used in colours mix with the water.
The organisation urged the denizens to play Holi in such a manner that neither water gets wasted nor it gets polluted.
It took out a funeral procession for ‘dead water’ through the jampacked roads during Raahgiri making people take notice. The procession was followed by volunteers of Bakul reaching out to people for ‘Jalbandhan’, which is inspired by Raksha Bandhan. It had people tying blue bands on the arms of random people on the street and getting them to promise not to waste or pollute water.
More than 1500 people ended up tying these bands and people, particularly young boys and girls asked for bands to be tied on their arms.
Besides, the foundation organized an art camp in association with Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar that featured 10 established and eminent artists including Baladev Maharatha.
Maharatha painted on canvases at Raahgiri on the issue of water to create awareness among the public — who were attracted by the sight of professional artists painting on the road.