Considering the severe drought in Marathwada and public awareness against the use of synthetic and harmful chemical laden colours, city traders too are preferring selling herbal and environment-friendly colours, this Holi.
Traders are avoiding selling chemical colours and putting more emphasis on herbal dry colours with a view to saving precious water and making this Holi more environment-friendly.
Generally, people used to celebrate Holi using chemical colours which easily dissolve in water and available at low prices. Wet colours mostly use Gentian violet as a colour concentrate, which can cause skin dis-colouration and dermatitis.
In view of the one of the severe droughts in the recent history, people have decided to celebrate Holi with dry natural colours this time around.
According to market sources, tonnes of natural colours and gulal have been on sale in the city. Nearly 50,000 kg of natural and herbal colours as well as gulal have been brought from Hathras (Uttar Pradesh) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh). Their rates range from Rs 30 to Rs 80 per kg.
"This year, natural colours and herbal gulal are certainly in high demand," said wholesale trader Tejpal Jain.