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FESTIVE MOOD: People buying sprinklers and coloured powder to celebrate Holi, in Gulbarga on Friday.
FESTIVE MOOD: People buying sprinklers and coloured powder to celebrate Holi, in Gulbarga on Friday.

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Corporation clarifies that there will be no disruption in water supply

GULBARGA: People of Gulbarga district are getting ready to celebrate the "Festival of colours", Holi.

The district administration has appealed to people to celebrate the festival with restraint and in a peaceful manner. The police have decided to deploy additional forces in communally sensitive areas to ensure no untoward incident.

Although the official celebration of the Holi is slated for March 4, people start celebrating the festival from March 3. Markets in the city are crowded with people making last minute purchases of coloured powders, sprinklers and sweets to be distributed among friends. A common practice by people in Gulbarga is to garland young children with sweets called "Sakkare Hara" and give them gifts and money to purchase the coloured powder for the festival.

Water supply

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the City Corporation that it would supply water through tankers in areas that do not get drinking water on March 3 and 4 has created confusion in the minds of people some of whom presumed that there would no supply of water both these days.

Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey, who is administrator of the corporation, and corporation Commissioner Mudhol have clarified that there would not be any disruption in drinking water supply in the city on both these days.

They told The Hindu that since drinking water supply was done on shifts in different localities to cope with the shortage of drinking water, the entire city was not provided drinking water the same day.

The corporation intends to supply water through tankers on March 3 and 4 to ensure that the areas that do not get drinking water do not suffer owing to shortage of water during Holi celebrations.

Mr. Mudhol said that the corporation had kept ready 38 tankers that would make eight trips each on both the days to different localities providing drinking water to the residents.

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