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Covid Vaccination Compulsory For Priests, ‘Dhakis’ In Kolkata Housing Society Durga Pujas

“Priests, dhakis, pandal makers, electricians, those who will go through the nitty-gritty – all associated with the puja have to be inoculated with at least one dose of vaccine,” Silver Spring housing complex secretary Indranil Choudhury said

Covid Vaccination Compulsory For Priests, 'Dhakis' In Kolkata Housing Society Durga Pujas
Highlights
  • Entry of visitors from outside during the puja will be regulated
  • Mandatory for visitors to get at least one jab of the vaccine
  • Only some puja committee members will have access inside pandal

Kolkata: Large housing complexes of Kolkata are gearing up to organise the Durga Puja this year, albeit in a low-key manner amid the Covid-19 pandemic, making vaccination compulsory for priests, ‘dhakis’ (drummers) and everyone associated with the four-day festival to be held in October.

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Though several housing societies have completed the ‘khuti puja’ – a ritual of worshipping a pole before putting up Durga puja pandals, they may have to alter some plans later as the threat of a possible third wave of the pandemic is there.

Priests, dhakis, pandal makers, electricians, those who will go through the nitty-gritty – all associated with the puja have to be inoculated with at least one dose of vaccine, Silver Spring housing complex secretary Indranil Choudhury said.

Entry of visitors from outside during the puja will be regulated and it has been made mandatory for them to get at least one jab of the vaccine or carry Covid-19 negative certificate, he said.

But we may have to make changes in the plans in case we are hit with the third wave (of the pandemic),”said the secretary of the housing society in East Kolkata where the “khuti puja” was held on Raksha Bandhan day on August 22 following covid norms.

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Only a certain number of puja committee members will have access inside the pandal, he said. Preparations for the puja, which will be held on a small scale, are in full swing in Urbana Housing Complex of south Kolkata, said its resident, film-maker Arindam Sil.

Of the 3000 residents in our society, there are more than 700 children. They were depressed for the past several months. The occasion of khuti puja on August 15 broke that gloom, Mr Sil said.

The organisers are not taking any chances. They have made vaccination compulsory for all involved, keeping in mind the situation and the threat of the third wave, he said.

Entry of outsiders will be regulated and everyone present will have to wear masks. The puja will be held but the scale of celebrations will be decided later keeping in mind the situation in October, an organiser of the Central Enclave said.

At Durganagar Government Housing in the northern fringes of the city, the cultural soiree has been scrapped like last year. The Durga Puja was held in a similar fashion in all these housing complexes last year when the pandemic struck. The Calcutta High Court last year declared all puja pandals across West Bengal no-entry zones to prevent the surge of Covid-19 cases.

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State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,91,697 1,715

32,230 994

64,19,678 2,680

1,39,789 29

Kerala

48,54,321 7,555

88,186 3,292

47,39,270 10,773

26,865 74

Karnataka

29,83,459 326

9,479 58

29,36,039 380

37,941 4

Tamil Nadu

26,87,092 1,218

14,814 208

26,36,379 1,411

35,899 15

Andhra Pradesh

20,60,472 432

6,034 159

20,40,131 586

14,307 5

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,028 9

119 10

16,87,011 19

22,898

West Bengal

15,80,530 624

7,421 24

15,54,132 634

18,977 14

Delhi

14,39,390 32

320 6

14,13,981 38

25,089

Odisha

10,35,077 443

4,542 68

10,22,250 508

8,285 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,654 16

183 2

9,91,901 14

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,390 2

42 2

9,45,394 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,290 10

207 6

8,15,997 16

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,684 5

84 12

7,82,077 17

10,523

Haryana

7,71,076 15

123 9

7,60,904 6

10,049

Bihar

7,26,026 5

48 4

7,16,317 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,955 122

3,924 55

6,61,093 176

3,938 1

Assam

6,06,468 205

3,436 46

5,97,082 245

5,950 6

Punjab

6,02,035 27

227 8

5,85,264 16

16,544 3

Jharkhand

3,48,430 7

122 1

3,43,173 8

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,756 9

178 1

3,36,181 8

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,062 95

843 12

3,25,793 107

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,437 131

1,303 5

2,16,414 125

3,720 1

Goa

1,77,522 60

604 6

1,73,572 62

3,346 4

Puducherry

1,27,396 52

585 13

1,24,961 64

1,850 1

Manipur

1,22,737 104

1,422 0

1,19,418 102

1,897 2

Mizoram

1,12,848 249

11,633 1,143

1,00,829 1,389

386 3

Tripura

84,321 16

104 4

83,401 12

816

Meghalaya

82,953 55

845 32

80,673 86

1,435 1

Chandigarh

65,302 3

25 3

64,457 6

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,987 7

140 30

54,567 37

280

Sikkim

31,749 4

174 8

31,184 12

391

Nagaland

31,611 40

248 12

30,689 28

674

Ladakh

20,878 2

36 10

20,634 12

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676 1

4 1

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641

9 0

7,503

129

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