Amidst COVID-19 fright, Pandals to be ‘no entry’ zones in Kolkata: HC
- Calcutta HC declared pandals across the city as no-entry zones
- Big shot pandals like Ekdalia Evergreen, Tridhara Sammilani, Chetla Agroni stood hopeless
- Major Durga Puja organizers to live -stream their puja on Youtube
With the Calcutta High Court’s declaration of making all pandals no- entry zones in Kolkata, Durga Puja celebration already plagued by the coronavirus pandemic took a turn for the worse as revelers were missing on the streets on 'Mahasasthi' which marks the beginning of the five-day Durga puja festivities.
Big shot pandals like Ekdalia Evergreen, Singhi Park, Ahiritola Sarbojonin, Tridhara Sammilani, Chetla Agroni stood hopeless getting only a handful of organizers and local residents as visitors.
Despite the court orders and soggy drizzle ravaging the open marquees, a few people were seen to be enjoying the occasion by taking photographs of pandals from a distance and treating with the street food
Piyush Saha, an IT professional in Tollygunje area, said he had downloaded apps launched by some of the award- winning pujas not to miss on the fun and festivities of these ravishing pandals.
"There is no point risking our safety amid the pandemic as most of the organizers have launched their apps live streaming the events on YouTube, why take the risk? I have, however, visited the pandal near my home," he added
Secretary of Santoshpur Lake Pally,Mr. Somnath Das claimed that visitors will get to see our Maa Durga's idol from a distance of 10 meters.
He went on to say, "We have also arranged 360 degree live streaming of our puja on YouTube."
A Kolkata Police official said that all arrangements were in place for crowd management as reported by PTI.
However, no report of court order violation was received from anywhere in the city so far the official told PTI.
The Calcutta High Court, in an order on Monday, declared community Durga Puja pandals as "no-entry zones" disallowing visitors from entering the marquees amidst the surge in COVID-19 cases across the state