Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti asked representatives from 290 puja committees to adopt green steps, focus on safety and abstain from forcible chanda collection at the annual general meeting held at Utkal Association on Sunday.
The samiti threatened to take strict action against those who violate pandal safety norms and other guidelines.
Samiti officials added that two outfits, based in Ghorabandha and Baliguma, had applied for hosting pujas. The samiti will inspect the sites before taking a decision.
Samiti general secretary Ram Babu Singh told The Telegraph that some representatives raised concerns of irregular water and power supply and dismal roads.
On its part, the Samiti forbade chanda collection through arm-twisting.
“We have asked organisers to refrain from such coercive acts. If found otherwise, necessary action will be taken,” said a member.
Last week, the outfit had convened a meeting with artisans, advising them to use eco-friendly colours on idols.
Problems in procuring clay were also discussed. Earlier, sculptors procured clay from Domuhani, but with the boom in residential complexes there, they are forced to travel to far-flung areas such as Tamolia, Asanboni and Huldung.
A senior functionary of the Samiti P.K. Sanyal said that it was decided that immersion procession would be taken out on October 14. “The processions will follow their usual routes,” he added.
After Calcutta, Jamshedpur in eastern India sees the maximum number of Durga Puja pandals.
The steel city also comes second to the City of Joy as far as grandeur and budget of Durga Puja festivities are concerned.