Patna: In a bid to avert any incidents of fire, the Bihar government has issued an advisory which bars cooking, puja or any other religious activity between 9 am and 6 pm in rural areas.
The move aims at helping prevent incidents of fire which have increased abnormally during the westerly winds this month.
Disaster Management principal secretary Vyasji said, "Summer is at its peak and accidents happen due to fire."
In a letter to all divisional commissioners and district magistrates, Vyasji said that people living in rural areas should finish cooking by 9 am and start preparing their dinner only after 6 pm.
After facing floods and droughts for several years, Bihar is reeling under a different calamity this year: fire.
Over 60 people have been killed and property worth lakhs of rupees gutted across the state which is experiencing unprecedented heat wave these days.
(With ANI inputs)