Odisha police issues guideline for hassle free Diwali celebrations


Cuttack: Odisha police today issued guidelines to make the Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations hassle-free in the state. The Director General & Inspector General Police, Rajendra Prasad Sharma, asked all the SPs to make adequate arrangements for the upcoming festivities.

In a letter to all the SPs, Sharma asked to ensure fire safety measures and emergency arrangements in the health centres in their respective jurisdiction area.

He directed to make necessary polic3e arrangement to regulate crowd at Puja Mandaps and precautionary measures should be taken against mischief mongers.

Following measures are suggested to ensure safe celebration of Diwali and put a check on air/noise pollution caused by fireworks and crackers.

Legal and unauthorized sale of fireworks/crackers should be prohibited completely.

Conditions imposed by licensing authority regarding setting up cracker shops, distanc3e between shops, fire safety measures should be strictly followed.

Only permitted and branded fireworks/crackers should be allowed to sell to the public.

Sale of crackers above 65 decibels of sound and dangerous fireworks like rockers/movable fireworks should be stopped.

Health department officials of their respective jurisdiction have to ensure functioning of burn ward and emergency medical arrangements in hospitals.

The ambulance service should be made promptly available.

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