West Bengal Cancels Durga Puja Carnival, Bans Cultural Events Near Pandals

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West Bengal Lockdown News Today: Keeping in mind the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19, the West Bengal government on Tuesday canceled the annual Durga Puja carnival, which includes a display of the city’s top pandal themes before idol immersion, and the state’s The people are urged to strictly follow the COVID-19 protocol. Also Read – Sanitiser, Multivitamins Sales Drop Nearly 40% As COVID Compliance Begins

In a new order, the state government also banned cultural events near markets and said that everyone should wear masks and carry hand sanitisers. Also Read – ICMR says ‘revenge travel’ to its travel plans as COVID-19 could lead to third wave in India

“In the context of the pandemic and the need for physical distancing norms, the State Visarjan Carnival will not be held this year. Similarly, fairs, carnivals will not be allowed near puja pandals,” the order said. Also Read – Maharashtra Allows Reopening Of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Shani Shingnapur Temple From October 7. See full list of guidelines

The state government asked the organizers to ensure that the pandals remain open on all sides. “All the pandals should have adequate space and arrangement to ensure physical distancing.. There should be separate arrangement for entry and exit. There should be floor marking and other signage (sic),” the order said.

On the other hand, the state government changed the timings of Kolkata Metro ahead of the festive season and released new timings for smooth running of metro trains. As per the order, Kolkata Metro will reschedule train operations during Durga Puja on October 12, 13 and 14. The state government said that the first trains will leave from the terminal stations at 10 am and the last at 11 am.

West Bengal: Kolkata Metro to reschedule train operations during Durga Puja on October 12, 13 and 14; First trains will leave from terminal stations at 10 am and last trains at 11 pm

— ANI (@ANI) 5 October 2021

Full list of guidelines:

  1. In the guidelines, the state government said that people should be encouraged to offer anjali (prayer) with flowers brought from their homes to avoid overcrowding in the pandals.
  2. The state government also said that the distribution of prasad, or vermilion khela, by the puja committee should be done in a planned manner and in small groups.
  3. The state government has directed the puja organizers to keep the inauguration and prize distribution events low-key.
  4. The order states that all visits to judge pandals should be virtual and physically done during short periods between 10 am and 3 pm.
  5. The government asked the organizers to make arrangements in advance so that there could be a facility to visit the pandal premises from Tritiya (the third day of the 10-day festival).
  6. According to the state government, the fire department will not charge any fee for setting up security measures in the marquee.
  7. The state said it is providing a one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to each puja committee to help them make necessary arrangements amid the pandemic.

Corona Cases: After the death of 12 more people in West Bengal, the death toll rose to 18,837 on Monday. The tally rose to 15,71,841 with 601 more people testing positive for the infection.

Of the fresh deaths, five were reported from North 24 Parganas while three were reported from Kolkata. Two cases each were reported from Paschim Medinipur and Nadia districts.

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