MAJULI, Oct 26 - The Majuli district administration has appealed to the citizens of the river island to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly manner. With a view to ensuring a pollution-free Diwali on the one hand and adherence to the rules framed by the Supreme Court with regard to the use of firecrackers on the other, Majuli Deputy Commissioner Pallab Gopal Jha has urged all the residents of the district to celebrate Diwali in a traditional manner by lighting earthen lamps and diyas.
Wishing a happy and peaceful Diwali to all, Jha stated that in accordance with the rules framed by the Supreme Court, the administration has imposed a complete ban on setting off sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am in the entire district. Further, the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers generating a noise level exceeding 125 decibels up to a four-metre distance from the point of bursting have also been prohibited.
Mangaldai Correspondent adds: The Darrang district administration is determined to ensure safe and eco-friendly celebration of the forthcoming Diwali festival. It has already held public awareness programmes across the district in this regard.
A series of awareness programmes were held in educational institutions on Wednesday. At a programme held at the Mangaldai Government Higher Secondary School, Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman appealed to the students to celebrate the festival of lights with only earthen lamps and other eco-friendly means of celebration instead of firecrackers. He also warned against the adverse effects of crackers and other high-decibel fireworks on the environment and animals.
The Darrang administration has also taken up other measures to mobilise the youth section by screening short films at the theatres, distributing leaflets and making appeals through the FLS of the Public Relations Department.
Meanwhile, the administration has also intensified its surveillance over the illegal sale, storage and transportation of firecrackers and other similar goods by forming a special task force under the supervision of an executive magistrate. Arrangements have also been made for strict vigilance to check gambling during Diwali
Hailakandi Correspondent adds: Hailakandi district will celebrate the forthcoming Diwali and Kali Puja festivities in an eco-friendly manner.
At a meeting held at his office conference room in Hailakandi on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Moloy Bora instructed the Hailakandi Municipal Board to ensure the celebration of Diwali and Kali Puja in an eco-friendly by lighting earthen lamps and bursting low-decibel firecrackers.
With a view to creating awareness in this regard, the Hailakandi Municipal Board and GREENS, an NGO, will jointly organise a rally on October 28 in which Deputy Commissioner Bora and other senior officials will take part.
The Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner has urged the citizens, shopkeepers and eatery owners to throw waste into dustbins and not litter the town. Action will be initiated against those failing to comply with the instruction.
Bora also asked the Municipal Board to give proper directives to shopkeepers to sell only specified crackers by obtaining prior licences from the administration. Magistrates will carry out regular checking of the items being sold.
The Municipal Board was also instructed to take stern action against the owners of stray cattle which have been causing great inconvenience to pedestrians and motorists alike.
To ensure peace, tranquillity and communal harmony during the Diwali and Kali Puja festivities, the district administration will also impose Section 144 of the CrPC from October 28 to 30. It prohibits performance of puja at public places and on roads without prior permission, sale and purchase of fireworks producing excessive sound, gambling, dumping of idols at public places or roadsides, forcible collection of donations and unauthorised use of electricity for illumination or any other purpose.