हमने प्रण ये ठाना हैं ।
होलिका में प्लास्टिक नहीं जलाना हैं।
होलिका कि पवित्रता निभायेंगे
दूषित वस्तुओ को न जलाएंगे।
#FumesFreeHolika​
#NatureFriendlyHolika​
#HabitChange4ClimateChange​

A day before the auspicious festival of Holi is :

HolikaDahan

As the legend depicts that anybody, howsoever strong, cannot harm a true faith.

Holika Dahan marks the triumph of good over evil.

Holi marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of spring

This auspicious ritual of Holikadahan is believed to burn all evils ​

However over a period of time rituals to celebrate triumph of good over evil has evolved along with human

See what our Intern has to say about it

The material we include nowadays such as (plastic, tyres, rubber, foams ) certainly aggravate the environmental and health issues.​

At the same time it is also collective community violation of laws

As burning of such waste is prohibited as per SWM Rules 2016 & PWM Rules 2016.

exposure to such toxic fumes can cause

Cancer Immunotoxicity Neurotoxicity Teratogenicity Bronchitis Reproductive Issue Immune Disorder Hormonal Issues & many more..

See what our Intern has to say about it

Campaign History

In March 2021, as a part of internship on solid waste management these interns from various colleges were being equipped with the government's policies on solid waste management.​

Piles for Holikadahan were already being collected at various sites in Patna.​

As they observed materials being collected to be torched with Holikadahan.

Plastic, Tyres, Furniture Foam, Artificial Leather and many more....

These items which adds poisonous chemicals in our breathing air.

Dioxins

Cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, damage to the immune system, and can interfere with hormones.

Furans

skin toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, negative effects on reproduction, teratogenicity, endocrine disruption, and a predisposition to cancer

Sulphur Dioxide

severe irritant to the respiratory tract, eyes, mucous membranes, and skin. High exposure can cause bronchial inflammation, with possible airway obstruction.

Carbon Monoxide

Prevents the blood system from effectively carrying oxygen around the body, specifically to vital organs such as the heart and brain. Can cause death from lack of oxygen to the brain

VOCs

Breathing VOCs can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, can cause difficulty breathing and nausea, and can damage the central nervous system as well as other organs. Some VOCs can cause cancer

PCBs

Causes, liver cancer, gall bladder cancer, biliary tract cancer, gastrointestinal tract cancer, and brain cancer, and may be linked to breast cancer

Moreover as per Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 & Plastic waste Management Rules 2016 burning of waste in open environment is strictly prohibited.

These interns raised concern over collective social violation of policy and its environmental impact.

They visited offices of various concerned departments to discuss the issues.

Such as DM Office, BSPCB office Principal Secretary MoEFCC office and Patna Municipal Commissioner's office

Well, we visited pretty late.

It was already 26th of March 2021 and Holikadahan was on 28th March 2021

There was not much time to do so many things

However Additional Commissioner of PMC promissed to to provide all required support.

As we were a small team and we were short of time too,

These  interns decided to segregate harmful materials from at least one spot (Ramnagri More)

They called their friends to help.

We also received help from kids of local community

Patna Municipal Corporation sent a truck with few staff members

They loaded  all segregated items

Hopefully most of the items must have been recycled by now

Wish you all happy, safe and environment friendly festivity.