With Durga Puja just around the corner, the Commissioner of Police in Guwahati, Diganta Barah convened an important meeting with representatives of puja committees on Tuesday to discuss some rules and regulations that they will have to abide to while setting up pandals and organizing pujas.
The meeting which was held at the District Library in Guwahati's Dighalipukhuri area, was also attended by officials of the district administration.
The discussions between all stakeholders resulted in the framing of the following guidelines:
No puja committee will be allowed to organize pujas by blocking any pavement or bye-lanes.
The puja committees will have to gain prior permission which will be given by the local police station.
Every puja committee will have to ensure complete CCTV coverage of their respective pandals and nearby areas.
Puja committees will not be allowed to set up lighting decorations without the permission of APDCL.
All puja pandals will have to ensure proper waste management and disposal.
Every puja committee will have to mandatorily put up names of their respective president and general secretary up for convenient public viewing.
Puja committees have been directed to refrain from installing idols made of plastic for puja. The use of such idols has been barred by the pollution control board.
Prior police permission has to be obtained for organizing any kind of cultural events at pandals. The police will allot a specific time period in which puja committees will be allowed to organize such events.
At the end of puja celebrations, idol immersion will only be allowed at the ghats at Choonsali, Pandu, Basistha, Sonapur, Digaru, and Kachomari.
The authorities will be setting up barricades along the ghats as directed by the pollution board.
The puja committees have been recommended to use idols made of water soluble materials. The use of plastic, thermocol, or other such items have been banned.
Failure to abide by the rules laid down will attract a fine of Rs 5,000 in city areas, while panchayat areas will have to pay Rs 3,000.