Rourkela, Oct 9 (LocalWire): Rourkela is set to witness the immersion ceremony of Durga idols in a huge pond dug for the purpose. Police are keeping a strict vigil and no idol will be allowed to be immersed in any of the rivers.
The Rourkela Municipal Corporation dug a ten thousand square feet pond at Balughat near the sewerage treatment plant last year.
The pond is over ten feet deep on three sides with a slope on one side.
Incessant rain and proximity to the river Brahmani has filled water into it.
All the Durga puja committees have been strictly instructed to immerse their idols in this pond.
‘This is a permanent pond. It was dug last year and this year we just renovated it,’ said Ajaya Nanda, a RMC official.
‘We are keeping an eye on the immersion process as per the orders of the court,’ said an official of the Pollution Control Board. The Central Puja Committee, the body which helps in the smooth functioning of the puja is also part of the activity.
‘We have given strict instructions to all the member committees and will see to it that there is no deviation, else the erring committee will be held responsible,’ a member of the CPC, A Mohanty, said.
Meanwhile, mobile police patrol will monitor the event. ‘We will ensure that no team or committee goes elsewhere for immersion and are strategically waiting at vantage points,’ said Asheem Panda, DFPO Panposh, under whose jurisdiction the immersion pond falls.
Raju Singh, secretary of Koelnagar C Block committee said, ‘We have been instructed regarding the immersion procedures.
We will try to leave early so that we can have a hassle-free immersion.’