Bhubaneswar: The five-day Durga Puja festival has come to an end with the usual Maa Durga idol immersion ceremony scheduled for today (Thursday). A large number of devotees will bid farewell to the Goddess by immersing the idols in bodies of water today.
No less than four artificial immersion pools have been dug on the banks of the Kuakhai and Daya rivers to facilitate the immersion of Durga idols in Bhubaneswar. Since the size of the idols is larger than last year, when the festival was a low-key affair amid Covid-19 restrictions, larger ponds have been dug to accommodate the idols.
According to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) sources, up to 17 police force platoons were deployed to maintain law and order during the immersion ceremony in the capital. Special road maps were assigned to three ‘Bhasana’ committees to transport the pandal idols to the makeshift ponds in a staggered manner during the procession. Elaborate arrangements have been made for proper traffic management during ‘Bhasana Utsav. Three additional Deputy Commissioners of Police (ADCP) would oversee the arrangements. The police station has issued strict orders for puja committees to keep the sound level of DJs below 65 decibels.
Meanwhile, up to three man-made dipping pools have been prepared for the immersion of Durga idols in the millennial city of Cuttack. A total of 55 police force platoons will be deployed in the city and the dump site to control overcrowding, accidents and untoward incidents. Around 300 CCTV cameras have also been installed at various locations around the city to monitor the situation. A total of 172 idols will be immersed in Devi Gada.