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Durga Puja 2020: Pandals Put Up Barricades To Ban Entry Of Visitors

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Kolkata: Several Durga Puja committees in Kolkata have started putting up barricades on Tuesday to restrict entry of hoppers after the Calcutta high court’s (HC) order, while a few others had done it even before it was legally issued.

On Monday, the HC banned the entry of hoppers inside pandals and declared them as “no entry zones”.

It aimed to prevent gathering and the spread of Covid-19 virus.

“We have banned revellers’ entry to our pandal. Only local residents will be allowed in a bid to restrict overcrowding. We will follow the HC order and only a few club members will be allowed”, said secretary, Sahal Ghosh, Santosh Mitra Square, one of the prominent crowd-puller.

Debdaru Fatak puja, another attraction in the western parts, also has put up barricades. They put up a giant screen at a distance from where hoppers can watch the idol.

“Local residents organise this puja. They will only be allowed to enter the pandal this year because of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic”, said one of the puja organisers, Gautam Halder.

“We have coordinated with the Anandapur police station authorities and have put up barricades to bar the entry of visitors. On Tuesday, we will put out a list of 15 organisers, who will be allowed to enter the pandal during puja days”, said one of the members of a small local community puja in the Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass, Pradip Biswas.

“We have put up barricades at a distance from the pandal. Also, rings have been drawn on the ground in a bid to maintain adequate social distancing norms”, said a member of FD Block puja committee in Salt Lake, Banibrata Banerjee.

The HC has ordered 25 and 15 community puja members be allowed entry to larger and smaller pandals, respectively.

 

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