Foolproof measures have been taken by the puja committees here to ensure that the Durga Puja immersion ceremony passes off smoothly.
This year, around 25 Durga Puja pandals have been set up in Bhubaneswar. Twentyfive puja committees have formed the Bhubaneswar Bhasani Utsav Samiti to oversee the immersion ceremony.
On the day of immersion, all the puja committees will congregate behind Saheed Nagar puja pandal.
“We will deploy around 120 volunteers to assist the police during the immersion ceremony. The puja committees have been asked to congregate between 4 pm and 4.30 pm and leave for immersion between 5 pm and 5.30 pm,” Bhasani Utsav Samiti secretary Harish Prasad Ratha said.
A large number of people make a beeline for the Saheed Nagar puja pandal to witness the immersion ceremony. Managing the crowd on that day becomes crucial both for the puja committees and the police officials.
The idols of puja committees from Bomikhal, Palasuni and Saheed Nagar will be immersed in the Kuakhai river.
The idol of Station Bazaar Puja Committee will be immersed in the Daya river. The Nayapalli Puja Committee will immerse their idol in the Gangua river.
The traffic police have taken steps to ensure that the immersion ceremony goes off smoothly.
“Adequate police personnel will be deployed at the immersion points to manage the crowd,” said traffic ACP Binod Kumar Dash. The routes from the puja pandals to the immersion points will be sealed.