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Hailakandi admn call for eco-friendly puja

By Correspondent

HAILAKANDI, Oct 4 - The incharge Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi, TT Daolagupu has directed the puja committees of the district to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Pollution Control Board of Assam during celebration of Durga Puja in an eco-friendly manner.

In an order issued here, Daolagupu has asked the Superintendent of Police, the Additional District Magistrates, Circle Officers and Executive Magistrates of the district to strictly enforce the guidelines of the Pollution Control Board of Assam for observance of the ensuing Durga Puja in an eco-friendly manner with minimal pollution to the environment.

As per the guidelines, use of baked clay and plaster of paris should be avoided, painting of idols should be discouraged, including use of toxic and non-biodegradable chemical dyes, prohibiting strictly the use of thermocol or any other non-biodegradable material for decoration and idol-making, not to play any music system, microphone, drums before 8 am and after 10 pm. Further, during the rest of the day, to keep the sound decibel within the official permissible limit.

Awareness must be created by the officials for encouraging making of idols from natural material, use of water-soluble and non-toxic natural dyes for painting of idols, use of eco-friendly paper plate, banana leaves, shell leaves or dry plates for distribution of prasad.

On the day of immersion, the officials responsible for enforcing the guidelines must ensure cordoning off and barricading the idol immersion points, collection of bio-degradable material separately for recycling or composting and non-biodegradable material for disposal in sanitary landfills.

Last but not the least, there is a ban on burning of solid waste. The guidelines also stress on keeping a pollution-free environment by asking the district administrations to place sufficient number of bins and containers to avoid littering of food and other waste.

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Hailakandi admn call for eco-friendly puja

HAILAKANDI, Oct 4 - The incharge Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi, TT Daolagupu has directed the puja committees of the district to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Pollution Control Board of Assam during celebration of Durga Puja in an eco-friendly manner.

In an order issued here, Daolagupu has asked the Superintendent of Police, the Additional District Magistrates, Circle Officers and Executive Magistrates of the district to strictly enforce the guidelines of the Pollution Control Board of Assam for observance of the ensuing Durga Puja in an eco-friendly manner with minimal pollution to the environment.

As per the guidelines, use of baked clay and plaster of paris should be avoided, painting of idols should be discouraged, including use of toxic and non-biodegradable chemical dyes, prohibiting strictly the use of thermocol or any other non-biodegradable material for decoration and idol-making, not to play any music system, microphone, drums before 8 am and after 10 pm. Further, during the rest of the day, to keep the sound decibel within the official permissible limit.

Awareness must be created by the officials for encouraging making of idols from natural material, use of water-soluble and non-toxic natural dyes for painting of idols, use of eco-friendly paper plate, banana leaves, shell leaves or dry plates for distribution of prasad.

On the day of immersion, the officials responsible for enforcing the guidelines must ensure cordoning off and barricading the idol immersion points, collection of bio-degradable material separately for recycling or composting and non-biodegradable material for disposal in sanitary landfills.

Last but not the least, there is a ban on burning of solid waste. The guidelines also stress on keeping a pollution-free environment by asking the district administrations to place sufficient number of bins and containers to avoid littering of food and other waste.