‘No Entry’ decision for West Bengal’s puja pandals partially eased by the High Court

‘No Entry’ decision for West Bengal’s puja pandals partially eased by the High Court

The Calcutta High Court has partially eased its ‘no-entry’ decision in puja pandals today. Earlier, the famous pandals of Kolkata were no-entry zones for all because of the ongoing pandemic. However, the decision was reversed partially and the court has now permitted a few things, such as entry of 15 people to be permitted at once in a small puja pandal (covering an area of 300 sq m), and 60 people (not more than 45 at once) for a big pandal.

The famous
Dhakis (or traditional drummers) will also be allowed to play but outside the no-entry zone. The High Court also stated that, “Life has not been normal for the human species since March, 2020 and it may have been better if restrictions were put in place as to how the Durga Puja festivities would be celebrated this year”.

After the court ordered that Durga Puja will be regulated in West Bengal and declared all the puja pandals as no-entry zones, all the organisers decided to file a petition.

On Tuesday, nearly 400 top Durga Puja Pandal organisers in Kolkata went to the High Court as part of the Durgotsav Forum just a day after the High Court’s announcement that only Puja organisers would be permitted inside pandals.

Earlier the court had said, “Now that pandals have already come up and there were no curbs in the state. The common citizen should be discouraged to gather in the pandals. The measures that have been announced by the state are well planned but without a proper blueprint to be implemented on the ground”.

Now, the court has curbed the strictness and decided to allow limited entry at a time, so that visitors and devotees can enjoy their favourite festival.

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