Jamshedpur : Issues related with safety measures and noise pollution were the focal point of discussion for the district administration during meeting organised for the upcoming Durga Puja.
The administration has asked puja committee representatives to maintain the norms of playing music during the festival which affects students, aged and ailing people.
If not followed strictly or if any puja pandal is found to play music after 10 pm, the music system will be confiscated then and there.
A safety response team will also be formed to ensure safety at various puja pandals across the city. The team comprising of puja committee volunteers monitored by the local police stations will keep a check on the activties of the pandal. Fire officers from the Fire department would ensure safety by inspecting the puja pandals.
The decision has been taken after a fire broke at the Thakar Bappa Puja committee pandal in Dhatkidih last year.
“We would ensure safe puja this time and I would ask the police station incharges to take some step. However, puja committees must ensure that there is enough space for entry and exit in the pandals. The committees should keep this in mind rather focusing on the beauty of the pandal,” said a police official.
The SSP also requested puja committees to keep a check on liquor consumption by the volunteers which gives rise to chaotic situations. The deputy commissioner urged the puja committees to take proper electrical connection to lessen the risk of short circuit.
With parking a main concern in the city now, the SSP has asked the traffic DSP and other officials of traffic to formulate a plan and chalk out the parking areas for the major puja pandals in the city. He also said that action will be taken against those pandals which would be found with blaring mikes after 10 pm.
Amitabh Kaushal deputy commissioner however urged the committees to go for eco-friendly puja in future. Since being environment friendly is just a concept that has not materialised as far as festivals are concerned, he urged to use the river ghats properly at the time of immersion.
“Like every season we took up the issue of cleaning and developing the Subernarekha ghats with the district administration so that the immersion of the idols is held in a clean environment,” noted an official.
“Since we are confronting the vector born disease cases in large number it was decided to keep the river water clean following the immersion of the idols on Dashmi,” said Ram Babu Singh, general secretary of the Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Samity.
It may be mentioned that Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Samity is the apex body of Durga puja and