Members of Bhartiya Yuvak Sangh near the pandal in Ranchi on Tuesday. (Prashant Mitra)
Sixteen electronic eyes have been installed for devotees of the trinayanee goddess at an iconic Puja pandal in Upper Bazar, Ranchi.
The Bhartiya Yuvak Sangh Puja pandal, to be inaugurated on Thursday with the power trio of Ranchi MLA and Speaker C.P. Singh, Hatia MLA Naveen Jaiswal and the capital’s deputy mayor Sanjiv Vijayvargiya doing the honours, has taken serious steps to give pandal-hoppers a safe experience.
Briefing the media on Tuesday, Puja organisers said they had installed 16 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) on the pandal premises.
They have also hired 25 private security guards, equipped with walkie-talkies, to keep an eye on the teeming crowds at the pandal. Footfall is likely to be over 50,000 per day on an average.
“Our Puja pandal is in the heart of the city and one of the major draws for its theme and the surrounding fair. Our concern for the safety of pandal-hoppers has prompted these steps,” said Ashok Choudhary, president of Bhartiya Yuvak Sangh.
The pandal, known for its themes, has designed an eco-friendly temple this year.
Conceptualised by artisans from Bengal’s Midnapore, the Rs 16-lakh structure uses organic accessories such as jute and coconut husks.
Like every year, a huge mela, with entertainment rides and numerous food stalls will be the other crowd-pullers.
“We have taken care of safety aspects. But we want revellers to act responsibly. We request women not to wear gold or precious jewellery. Also, parents should keep chits in the pockets of children with home addresses and contact phone numbers,” Rahul Agarwal, a spokesperson, added.
“We will also have free ambulance service for pandal-hoppers for emergencies,” Choudhary added.