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Odisha Capital City To Witness Laser ‘Ravan Podi’ This Time


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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of restrictions imposed by the Commissionerate Police here abiding by the Supreme Court guidelines on display of fireworks during ‘Ravan Podi’ this Dussehra (on Tuesday), the capital city this time is going to witness an innovative laser ‘Ravan Podi’ sans any fireworks, pestering pollution or posing threats to life and property.

Narayan Mohapatra, Secretary, Sahid Nagar Durga Puja Samiti revealed before OMMCOM NEWS, “Following the Supreme Court guidelines, most of the puja committees in the city, except one or two are unable to abide by the norm of 100 meter or 330 feet radius security cover from the centre of fireworks on the occasion. We’ve also no such space for the purpose in the aftermath of the restriction clamped. Hence, we’ve decided an alternative. We’re going to arrange a laser show of the ‘Ravan Podi’ without fire or gunpowder along with Goddess Durga’s footage. We’d introduced ‘Ravan Podi’ and we’re also going to set an example of such a unique tradition of laser ‘Ravan Podi’. It would ensure safety and security of life and property and also the entertainment of people. We’re hopeful that this show of one and half hour would be more appealing than the customary ‘Ravan Podi’.

On the contrary, only two Durga Puja committees, Jharpada and Baramunda, have been allowed for the traditional ‘Ravan Podi’.

In his reactions, DCP Satyabrata Bhoi told media, “They have submitted their sketches earlier that adhere to the Supreme Court norms. Specifications had been issued. Going by the specifications, consent has been accorded. The main criterion is spectators should remain 100 meters away from the spot of fireworks and cracker exhibition. Besides, there should also be no high tension wire around 25 meters radius, no thatched roof and tent around 15 meters, etc are the other criteria.”

“In pursuance of the guidelines, the effigy of Ravan and cracker exhibition has been arranged by us 300 meters away from the spectators. We’ve barricaded accordingly. We’ve also taken precautionary measures like adequate water storage, fire extinguishers, volunteers. DCP in person inspected our field meant for the purpose. Measurement was done in his presence. He has also directed us for double barricading,” informed Ramachandra Ranasingh, President, Baramunda Puja Committee.

Mahendra Kumar Balabantaray, Secretary, Nayapalli Puja Committee in his reactions said, “For the last 29 years there had been no untoward incident during Ravan Podi. But, going by the recent incident at Nayagarh and also the Supreme Court guidelines in the aftermath of the Kerala tragedy, the Commissionerate Police and administration are bound down to impose restrictions.”

Notably, 39 puja pandals in the city had submitted applications for conducting Ravan Podi, but during the inspection, it was found that only two pandals have adhered to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court.

Last year, the capital city of Bhubaneswar had celebrated Ravan Podi at 31 places. It may be recalled that over 100 people were killed and 500 others injured in a fire mishap at Puttingal Devi Temple of Paravur in Kollam district of Kerala in April this year.

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Narayan Mohapatra, Secretary, Sahid Nagar Durga Puja Samiti, Bhubaneswar

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Satyabrata Bhoi, DCP, Bhubaneswar

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Ramachandra Ranasingh, President, Baramunda Puja Committee, Bhubaneswar

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Mahendra Kumar Balabantaray, Secretary, Nayapalli Puja Committee, Bhubaneswar

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Tapan Das, Correspondent, OMMCOM NEWS