It’s better to be safe than sorry. Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti — an apex body of organisers — strongly believes so.
Before the puja committees complete their pandals and then rue about the lack of safety measures, the Samiti called a meeting on Thursday to remind organisers of necessary steps to be taken.
“Once the pandal is ready, one can hardly change things. Therefore, this year, the samiti members decided to remind the committees of the well in advance,” said Rambabu Singh, samiti general secretary.
While fire extinguishers, sand and water are of utmost necessity, the apex body has also asked committees to keep a distance of at least 50ft between the pandal and a fair, if there is one.
According to guidelines, the puja committees are not to use synthetic fabric in pandals, ensure legal and insulated wires, keep fire extinguishers, sand buckets and water tanks handy, create emergency exits and put emergency numbers on display. Installation of CCTV cameras is also a crucial step.
However, the safety measures do not end at the pandals alone.
Members of Jamshedpur Durga Puja Kendriya Samiti have also requested the administration to make concrete banks at all the eight ghats that are used for immersion.
“We met Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan on Friday and requested him to construct proper ghats,” Singh added.