| The Puja pandal at Kalibari Rest Camp, Pandu, in Guwahati. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Oct. 10: While Durga Puja organisers are campaigning for social causes through decor, banners and lights, the Jorhat Municipal Board this year has packaged its message in a CD.
The audio disc will be played in Puja pandals in and around the town and exhort the people to keep the town clean, desist from using polythene and to adopt a slew of measures.
A concept of Ashok Malpani, municipal commissioner of ward 6, the disc will play out in both Assamese and Hindi for five minutes.
“The message is in the form of a request and appeals to keep the city clean and beautiful not only on the Puja days but throughout the year,” Malpani said.
“The message was first printed on leaflets which have been handed over to the pandals for distributing to the people. This message has been transferred to the CDs,” he said.
It appeals to the people not to throw garbage anywhere other than the dustbins and not to use them within a certain stipulated time — 8.30pm to 5am from March to October and 7.30pm and 4am from November to February.
People have also been asked not to use polythene, plastics and polystyrene (thermocol) and to segregate the rubbish into biodegradable and non-biodegradable before throwing.
The people have also been asked not to block drains or rivulets by throwing garbage into them. The message ends with, “We can help you to keep Jorhat clean and beautiful only with your help.”
Jorhat Municipal Board chairperson Prasanta Bora said the Puja pandals had all agreed to play the messages in their respective areas.
Police have made arrangements for the safety of pandal-hoppers during the four-day festival.
All major roads of the town will be closed for vehicles from noon onwards.
Apart from large deployment of police personnel, control rooms have been set up at strategic points to monitor the situation.
The police will also crack down on bikers found driving recklessly or in an inebriated state.