Puja organisers use govt grant to promote road safety


first_imgKolkata: With the Mamata Banerjee government giving a grant of Rs 10,000 to each Durga Puja committee, the Puja organisers have utilised it by taking various steps to make people aware about road safety norms.In the past two years, a section of Durga Puja organisers were found taking steps to create awareness on road safety measures. But this year, almost all the Durga Puja organisers have made elaborate arrangements in and around their Puja pandals, so that people can pick up lessons on road safety while visiting the pandals with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made the announcement of giving the Rs 10,000 grant to each of the 28,000 Durga Puja committees in the state.Subsequently, the Puja committees had submitted applications for the same with the police and cheques were distributed among the Puja committees after the Calcutta High Court decided not to interfere into the matter. The state government had decided to give the grant to the Puja committees for traffic safety campaigns. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Puja organisers had started making various plans since the day the Chief Minister announced that they will be receiving the grant.The Chief Minister had introduced the statewide Safe Drive Save Life campaign, which has helped in reducing the number of road accidents to a large extent.Now, with the help of the grant, the Puja organisers have taken initiatives to create awareness regarding the same. The song on Safe Drive Save Life is getting played in different pandals and is reaching people from all walks of life, including those who drive vehicles. At the same time, placards and banners carrying the message of Safe Drive Save Life have been put up at different places in and around different Puja pandals. There are many Puja organisers who have set up giant screens on which video clippings of different road accidents are being shown. Many people were found watching the video clippings ardently.A large section of the Puja committees have also left messages of Safe Drive Save Life in the leaflets that they are distributing to let people know their programme schedule during the Puja.Some have even deployed volunteers at the roads close to the Puja pandals to make people wear helmets while riding bikes. The volunteers were found wearing white t-shirts with the message of Safe Drive Save Life printed on it.last_img