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Durga Puja Celebrations Set To Be Low-Key In Kolkata Amid COVID-19

Earlier in September, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that organising cultural programmes at pandals won’t be allowed during the festival

Durga Puja Celebrations Set To Be Low-Key In Kolkata Amid COVID-19
Highlights
  • During Durga Puja, a pandal needs to be open from all 4 sides: CM Banerjee
  • Hand sanitisers should be placed at entry points of pandals: West Bengal CM
  • CM had said that wearing of masks will be mandatory at Durga Puja pandals

Kolkata: Keeping in mind the risks of COVID-19, big-budget Durga Puja committees in Kolkata have decided not to celebrate the festival in a grand manner. “This year, due to COVID-19, there is a lot of uncertainty about how many people will come out for the festival and maintaining social distancing and sanitisation on such a large scale will be very difficult. This is why members of big-budget puja committees have decided against celebrating in a grand manner. The demand for power supply will be less due to this,” West Bengal Power Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee told ANI.

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He further said that there was a surplus of power, and without demand from major puja committees, losses would continue.

Every year before Durga Puja, we hold a meeting to evaluate how much electricity usage will be required. Already due to the COVID-19 situation, we are running at a loss of Rs 2,500 crore. The power department is ready to provide electricity and have a surplus, but since pujas will not be taking place on a large scale, there is no foreseeable solution. Lightning arrangements and decorations will not be as elaborate as the previous years so there won’t be an increase in demand, Sovandeb Chatterjee said.

Earlier in September, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that organising cultural programmes at pandals won’t be allowed during the festival.

During Durga Puja, a pandal needs to be open from all four sides. Hand sanitisers should be placed at entry points of pandals, and the wearing of masks to be mandatory. Physical distancing needs to be maintained. Organising cultural programmes at pandals won’t be allowed, CM Mamata Banerjee said.

This year, Durga Puja will be celebrated from October 23 to October 26.

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10,826 23

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15,92,074 627

19,544 10

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370 48

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330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

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9,45,715 9

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8,17,263 24

10,095 1

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10,528

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7,61,580 17

10,054

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26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

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3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

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2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

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361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

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127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

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174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

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1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

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755 45

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3,852

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412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

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3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

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280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

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353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

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90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

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244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

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58 2

64,610 9

820

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36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

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215 2

31,749 8

405

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117 9

31,320 9

699

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295 3

21,204 34

215

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0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

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10 0

10,343

51

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4 2

7,555 2

129

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