Bengal's puja pandals limit eases for organizers
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday modified its order of 'no entry' rule. The number of people entering the pandal has increased. More members including dhakis (drummers) and local residents can enter the pandals to take part in the puja rituals.
Earlier, only 15-25 committee members were allowed to enter the pandal at a time. The limit now is set to 45 members for big pandals. The committees are supposed to prepare a list of 60 names in advance. The court informed that the names can be changed every day and that in the case of small pujas the list can have only 15 names and 10 members can enter at a time. The list is required to be prepared by 8 am.
On Tuesday, the organizers of the puja pandals reviewed a petition which cited “practical problems" in executing the court's order. The petition stated, "The applicants state that this court may appreciate that the directions as given in the order dated October 19, may not be workable in view of the variable in-situ issues which the individual organizers are required to address whole holding the Durga Puja in the locality." It also added that Kolkata's Durga Puja has been nominated for UNESCO's 2020 list.
General Secretary of the Forum for Durgotsab, Saswata Basu said, “There are some practical problems as nearly 80% of the pujas in Kolkata are held in lanes which are not more than 18 – 24 feet wide. If they put up barricades, there would be no space left for visitors to pass through and people will virtually have to go back without seeing the puja.”
The doctors said that if the clubs and puja committees followed the rules then the Covid-19 transmission would definitely be restricted to a certain level.