Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday prohibited the use and sale of firecrackers on Kali Puja in view of COVID-19 outbreak.
A bench of justices Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee gave the direction after hearing two Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The court ordered that the ban will also be in force during the Jagaddhatri Puja, Chhath and Kartik Puja.
The guidelines which were directed by the court during Durga Puja such as no entry for the pandals will also applicable during Kali Puja. The bench also appreciated the state government for successfully implementing the guidelines directed by the court on Durga Puja.
It also asked police to ensure that the norms are being strictly enforced on Kali Puja too. According to the guidelines, fifteen people will be allowed in the pandals of Kali Puja having an area up to 300 square metres. Also, for the bigger pandals, 45 people will be allowed, the court said.
The bench also cancelled the procession during the immersion.
The High Court ordered, “A limited number of people will be only allowed at ghats for immersion. Entire supervision to be done by the police,” as quoted by Zee News.
Other states such as Rajasthan, Delhi, Odisha, and Sikkim, have also banned the use and sale of firecrackers on the wake of coronavirus.