Authorities In Guwahati Place Special Focus On Cleanliness This Durga Puja
GUWAHATI: Keeping in mind the excess amount of waste generated during Durga Puja, especially in and around the pandals, the authorities have issued special instructions to ensure that the waste generation is limited to a minimum and is managed efficiently.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) authorities informed that they have taken a few additional measures to tackle the excess generation of waste during Durga Puja.
“We have undertaken some extra steps to make sure that cleanliness is maintained at all times. In addition to our own vehicles like dumpers, JCBs, auto tippers etc, we will hire some extra vehicles too,” said GMC commissioner Debeswar Malakar while talking to G Plus.
He added that apart from the regular cleanliness employees, the 12 flying squads will also remain deployed across the city from 6 am to 10 pm.
In order to ensure safe and peaceful puja celebrations this year, the district administration is going all out with its preparedness measures. Over the years, Guwahati has seen a considerable rise in the number of puja pandals being built during the festival in various parts of the city.
On a daily basis, Guwahati city generates around 500 tonnes of garbage. However last year, during the four days of Durga Puja celebrations, over 100 tonnes of extra garbage on an average was generated each day. In the four days of Puja, the city produced garbage equivalent to the amount produced in five normal days, as per authorities.
On the other hand, deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu told G Plus that the district administration has issued guidelines to the Durga Puja committees to ensure that they keep enough dustbins at the pandal premises so that the waste generated is not scattered.
“We have also issued instructions to Durga Puja organisers to minimise the usage of single use plastic items, thermocol and other non-biodegradable material while constructing the pandals and the idols,” mentioned Pegu.
Authorities say that whenever they carry out de-siltation drives in the city, plastic is the main substance clogging the drains. Hence a combined effort is needed from all stakeholders in this regard.
The officials have also asked the organisers to be conscientious of the fact that waste is not littered in the surroundings of the pandals as well.
“In this regard, the we have instructed the committees to deploy as many volunteers as possible since it will not be possible for the GMC volunteers to visit each and every pandal at the same point of time,” Pegu further added.
Talking about the challenges faced by the district administration in ensuring smooth conduct of puja in the city, the officials informed that even though they issue instructions to puja committees not to construct pandals on narrow roads, many puja committees do not adhere to this guideline and erect pandals even in places which do not have adequate space.
This in turn causes major traffic congestion in the city during the four days of Durga Puja. Additionally, construction of elaborate entry gates for the pandals is another factor which leads to traffic snarls.
Further, in order to prevent any anti-social activities by miscreants, the administration has also instructed the puja committees to deploy enough volunteers during the wee hours.