Vision Problems, Ganesh Puja, Processions, Music, Lights, Health Issues: Shun Laser Lights: Bmc Urges Puja Committees | Bhubaneswar News

by Rahul Devi

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has urged Durga Puja committees in the city to refrain from using laser beams during immersion processions. The move comes after instances of DJ laser lights affecting people’s vision were reported in various parts of the country.

Last year, around 60 people complained of vision problems after returning from Ganesh Puja immersion processions in Mumbai. Similar complaints were reported this year from Nasik as well. In Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, laser lights are widely used during the processions and entertainment programs during festivities.

The BMC has expressed concerns over the health issues associated with laser beams and has requested the puja committees to avoid using them. The BMC commissioner, Vijay Kulange, stated, “I personally would urge the members to take steps to manage without laser lights given the health issues involved in it.”

During a preparatory presentation, the BMC highlighted that DJ laser lights cause partial blindness and cited instances of such incidents during Ganeshotsav processions in Pune and Kolhapur. Dr. Santosh Mahapatra, a senior ophthalmologist, emphasized that if the macula of the eye is injured by laser beams, it is not likely to be corrected. He advised people to avoid laser lights or, at the very least, wear goggles for protection.

In addition to discouraging the use of laser lights, the BMC has also emphasized the need for proper immersion of idols at the designated pits, under the supervision of the police. The police will share the identified places of immersion with the puja committees through a common WhatsApp group.

Sridhar Jena, the convener of Jharpada Durga Puja Committee, stated that if there is unanimity among all puja committees regarding avoiding laser lights in processions, then there should be no problem in stopping their use. He mentioned that the BMC has only requested them and a decision will be made after discussions among the committees.

The BMC’s initiative to discourage the use of laser lights during immersion processions is a step in the right direction to ensure the safety and well-being of the people. As laser lights can cause serious damage to the eyes, it is important for puja committees and revelers to prioritize safety and find alternative ways to illuminate the processions. By adhering to the BMC’s request, the puja committees can contribute to creating a safer and more enjoyable festive atmosphere for everyone involved.

In recent news, incidents of eye injuries and partial vision impairment caused by laser lights during festivals have been reported in various districts. Ophthalmologists have stressed the importance of avoiding the excessive use of uncertified or non-calibrated laser lights to prevent such incidents. ENT specialists and ophthalmologists in Nagpur have also observed vision blurriness and hearing impairment resulting from laser lights and high-intensity sound during Ganesh visarjan and Eid celebrations. These health issues highlight the need for caution and monitoring of the effects on vision and hearing after exposure to laser lights.

On a different note, the INAE Engineers Conclave 2023 in Indore focused on discussions about laser technology and green technology usage in various domains, including defense. The event aimed to foster innovation and collaboration among engineers, with presentations on topics such as lasers in defense technologies and green technologies for material production. The recommendations from these discussions will be compiled in a white paper to be submitted to the government.

Overall, the growing awareness of the potential dangers of laser lights and the efforts by the BMC and other organizations to address this issue are crucial steps toward ensuring the safety and well-being of the public during festive celebrations. It is essential for individuals to prioritize their health and take precautions to avoid any harm caused by laser lights.

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