Guwahati Gets Decked Up For Durga Puja
• Guwahati is set to witness several puja pandals on various themes
• Bishnupur pandal will be constructed on Ayodhya’s Ram temple theme
• Many pandals are also going eco-friendly this year
• In Geetanagar pandal, organisers have switched plastic cups with paper
• PCBA has also issued guidelines to all Durga Puja pandals
As the Durga Puja celebrations are drawing close, the city is set to witness a large number of puja pandals which are being built on various themes in different parts of the city.
Like every year, the pandals are set to witness enthusiastic participation from a large number of devotees and pandal-hoppers.
This year too, a number of Durga Puja committees have made a conscious decision to go eco-friendly with organising puja and construction of the pandals.
Prashant Bose of Bishnupur Durga Puja committee told G Plus that their pandal will be constructed on the theme of Ayodhya’s Ram temple.
Prashant Bose said that the pandal is being constructed using plywood and board and it will be made open to the public from October 3 after the inauguration. The puja committee members said that they will be constructing the idol using clay.
“This will be the 69th year that we are holding the puja at Bishnupur,” mentioned Bose. He added that keeping in mind their eco-friendly approach towards Durga Puja celebrations, they have decided not to use plastic in any form while constructing the pandal.
“As part of security arrangements, CCTV cameras will be installed in the vicinity of the pandal and at least 60 NCC cadets will be deployed to manage the crowd,” Bose told G Plus.
Further, a puja is being organized at Dighalipukhuri after almost a decade this year as the organizers could not get permission since 2009. They plan to offer a different angle to the entire idea and concept of organizing Puja.
The working president, Tridib Borah said, “We intend to make it an eco-friendly puja by organizing sapling plantation drive and spreading the importance of plastic ban in the city. We intend to hold a painting and quiz competition for the children.”
On the other hand, Geetanagar Durga Puja committee, which is organising the puja for the 44th year this time, is creating a replica of Dakshineswar Kali temple with their pandal this year.
Geetanagar Sarbajanin Durga Puja Samiti members informed G Plus that they are constructing the pandal using ply board and bamboo whereas the idols are being made of soil and clay. The pandal is constructed every year at the Geetanagar School playground and sees a footfall of lakhs of devotees during the puja.
The organisers stressed that they have been conscious not to generate plastic waste in their pandal.
“Since the past few years, we have stopped using plastic plates and glasses to serve devotees. Instead, we use paper plates and cups,” Ritumani Saikia, member of Geetanagar puja committee told G Plus.
Further, in order to ensure that the organising committees adhere to all rules, the Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA) has issued a set of guidelines ahead of the Durga Puja, informed authorities.
Some of these include that the idols should be made of traditional clay and not baked clay or plaster of Paris etc. The PCBA has also banned the use of single use plastic products including plastic cups, bowls, bottles and plastic carry bags not conforming with the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.
The puja pandals have also been asked to abide by the noise pollution rules and thereby reduce the use of noise generating equipment.