Safety will score high in Bokaro’s Durga Puja with the district police taking it upon itself to ensure that security measures were being properly implemented at the pandals.
At a meeting with police officers on Thursday evening, superintendent of police Kuldeep Dwivedi made it clear that 16 big-ticket pandals, known for drawing huge crowds, must fix a minimum of three CCTV cameras and fire extinguishers.
And it will be the responsibility of the respective police stations to check whether the pandals are carrying out the instructions that have already been communicated to them.
Officers-in-charge of all 32 police stations were also told to see to it that the committee members or volunteers knew how to handle and use the fire extinguishers so that there was no problem in operating the same if the need arose.
Some of the pandals that have been identified as the biggest crowd-pullers are located at Vaishali More in Sector IX, Sector II, Sector III, Sector IV, Sector XII of Bokaro steel city, Chas check post, Chandrapura main market, Bermo township, Gomia and Bokaro thermal township.
“All these pandals need to put up CCTVs at three places — entrance point, the central area of the mandap where people gather to worship the Goddess and the parking lot. This will not only allow us to provide security to all, but also help us act promptly in case of any emergency. We will be also able to keep a close eye on trouble-makers and eve-teasers,” the SP told The Telegraph.
“The puja committees have also been asked to make arrangements for fire extinguishers as chances of blaze are higher considering that so many decorative lights are used in pandals” Dwivedi added.
S.K. Singh and M.K. Tewary, senior executive members of the Vishali More puja samiti, said they did not want to compromise on visitors’ safety and were taking all necessary precautions.