By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 1: Kasomari Ghat in the city alone witnessed the immersion of idols of as many as 289 puja committees on Saturday till mid-night. Immersion is still going on in Pandu Ghat on Sunday. Idols of around 100 puja committees are likely to be immersed there. Such a large-scale immersion of idols bespeaks the quantity of garbage left behind in the process. However, NDRF does want to let the garbage being heaped there even for a day, and its men are at work to get everything cleaned. Under NDRF workers from GMC, local public, home guards and the Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner himself swung into action to clean the river ghat.
According to GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma there were over 600 Durga Puja in Guwahati. “Immersion is going to be over tonight. Immersion ghats in the city will be cleaned by the district administration after 24 hours of immersion in them. All puja committees will have to clean the surroundings of their pandals and send photographs to the district administration, failing which they will invite action. Action will also be taken against puja committees if they have dug out the earth so as to erect posts,” Sarma said. Kamrup (M) DC M Angamuthu said: “We’re set to do the job in a systematic way. The general people are also extending helping hands. All immersion ghats in the city will be properly cleaned and sanitized. We’ll encourage the puja committees adhering to the district administration’s norms and directives through a public felicitation. If any damage is done to the road or public places by puja committees, we’ll give them a change to get it rectified. If they fail to do so, the responsibility will be fixed on the puja committees.”