Calcutta High Court relaxes the order that Pooja Pandals are called 'No Entry Zone', now 60 people will be able to enter

According to the new court order, now 15 people can enter small pandals and maximum 60 people in big pandals.

21st October, 2020

Pooja Pandal will no longer be an entry zone. The Calcutta High Court has relaxed the order declaring the puja pandals as 'no entry zone'. According to the new court order, now up to 15 people can enter small pandals and maximum 60 people in big pandals. The court said that the list of names of those who are allowed to enter the pandal will have to be listed at the gate of the pandal by eight o'clock every day. At the same time, the court has also allowed Dhaka or traditional drum players to enter the no entry zone. They can now play drums outside the pandal's gate. However, they will not be allowed inside the pandal, as this may increase the set number.

Earlier, the Trinamool expressed disappointment over Pooja Pandals declaring it no entry. The Trinamool Congress said many people would be disappointed by the Calcutta High Court's decision to declare Pooja Pandal as an entry-restricted zone, while opposition parties in the state have welcomed the verdict.

At the same time, Trinamool MP Saugata Roy had said that people wait all year to celebrate Durga Puja. He said, "Many organizers who make Durga Puja possible will be disappointed with this order." Meanwhile, Union Minister Babul Supriyo welcomed the court verdict as correct.

It is noteworthy that the court declared all Durga Puja pandals across the state as prohibition of entry to control the spread of Kovid-19. The bench of Justice had said that barricades should have boards prohibiting entry. The court also said that only 15 to 25 people associated with the organizing committees will be allowed to enter the pandals. Explain that in view of Kovid-19, this time many Durga Puja committees have arranged virtual 'Darshan', preventing the arrival of visitors. The court ordered that for small pandals, barricades were to be placed five meters from the entrance, while for larger pandals, the distance should be 10 meters. However, many other Durga Puja associations say that the festival is steeped in a spirit of inclusiveness and visitors cannot be stopped from visiting the pandals.

So far, 3.2 lakh cases of corona virus have been reported in West Bengal and more than 6,000 people have died due to this disease.

Category: India: West Bengal


Reported by:
Pankaj Prasad