Probably for the first time in years, Durga puja will be devoid of festivities, as officials appeal to join Durga puja online. Many places across the city of Delhi has asked the devotees to refrain themselves from making a physical presence. Kalka Ji Mandir, CR Park, Greater Kailash to name a few
In West Bengal, the High Court has ordered that the pandals will be out of bounds for the general public, as they apprehend major overcrowding as most of the measures promised by the state government merely remain on paper, according to the High Court. The High Court made an observation that “when students have been prevented from attending educational institutions for more than six months and many students tend to lose their year, it is rather incongruous that puja festivities would continue as in the previous years.”
These observations are coming from the High Court despite the country is witnessing a dip in cases and even when the Central Government panel just two days back observed that we might have passed the peak of corona cases and it will completely come in control by February 2021.
The apprehension is coming from the fact that festivals like Durga puja and Diwali invite a huge chunk of people coming out and celebrating the festival which makes social distancing practically nonexisting and provides an opportunity for the virus to multiply itself again. Over and above it has been alleged that the state government completely failed in making the necessary precautions which make HC’s apprehensions even more real.