Bhubaneswar: In a major relief to the old and sick and a move to curb noise pollution, the Twin City Commissionerate Police has put a blanket ban on the use of DJ (disc jockey) and similar high decibel sound systems in the Capital City during the forthcoming Durga Puja celebrations this year.
Moreover, the use of single use plastics have been banned at the puja pandals.
These decisions were taken at a meeting called by Police Commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi here which was attended by representatives of all 172 Durga Puja committees of the city.
“DJs can’t be played this year.Use of single-use plastics have been prohibited,” informed Sarangi briefing the media on the key decisions taken at the meeting.
Sarangi added that puja committees have been asked to maintain discipline while holding entertainment programmes like melody programmes etc.
Puja committees have been advised to suggest names of volunteers who will be appointed as Special Police Officers (SPOs) during the puja at their respective mandaps for maintaining law and order.
“We will impart special training to them (SPOs) so that they can maintain peace and law and order in their areas,” the Police Commissioner said.
He added that detailed discussions were held on safety and security measures to be adopted during Ravaan Podi which will be held at five places.
It was decided at the meeting that puja pandals will be required to install fire extinguishers to immediately contain the fire in the event of a fire accident and volunteers will be trained to handle the equipment.
“We discussed a host of issues for a peaceful puja this year. Issues like sound pollution, fire, policing, safety and security of devotees and those visiting mandaps. Use of plastics will be boycotted. Representatives of all the 172 puja mandaps in Bhubaneswar attended the meeting,” said Suresh Chandra Routray, vice president of the Bhubaneswar Bhasani Committee speaking to newsmen after the meeting.