In wake of global warming and various environmental challenges, the Dibrugarh district administration has decided to celebrate this year’s Durga Puja in an eco-friendly manner. In this regard, a meeting was held at the Dibrugarh District Commissioner’s conference hall on Tuesday which was attended by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Jitu Kumar Das, Additional SP (Security) David R Neingaite, circle officers, administrative officers, presidents and secretaries of various puja committees.

The puja committees were asked to
to submit a written declaration to the Dibrugarh Municipal Board that the idols of Goddess Durga and her entourage will be made from eco-friendly materials instead of plaster of paris.

The Additional SP directed the presidents and secretaries of all the puja committees to submit a list along with the phone numbers of the volunteers, presidents, secretaries, their preferred immersion ghats etc at the earliest. The committees were asked to apply for Puja permission through the ‘Seva Setu’ app. The meeting through a powerpoint presentation, also discussed the various measures that will be taken for the smooth conduct of Durga Puja.

As per the guidelines each puja pandal should have separate entry and exit route, adequate amount of lights, adequate number of dustbins and fire extinguishers. They were asked to use eco-friendly paper plates, banana leaves, etc in the Puja pandals.

It was also disclosed in the meeting that high decibel music and alcohol consumption would not be allowed during the immersion procession. Violation of the said rule will attract a fine of Rs 3,000 for Puja committees of the panchayat areas, Rs 5,000 fine for Puja committees in the municipal areas and upto Rs 7,000 fine in Municipal Corporation area.


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