The Durga Puja carnival on Friday is set to be bigger and grander this year. Around 79 pujas will sashay down Red Road with more than 25,000 people in attendance and several lakhs connecting digitally. Present in the galleries will be chief minister Mamata Banerjee, her cabinet colleagues, foreign delegates, consular corps, members of the civil society, senior bureaucrats and IPS officers.
On Wednesday, more than 200 workers were busy giving final touches to preparations for Friday’s finale. Several organisers have been requested by the police to move in their idols by Thursday evening.
Two VIP galleries have already been built that will seat the chief minister and other VIPs. The waiting area of most of the Puja organizers — on Kidderpore Road — was ready by Wednesday evening. The waiting area has temporary washrooms, arrangement for drinking water as well as an enclosure for sitting. “The arrangements are almost complete. We just have to put the chairs in the stands and install lights in some pockets,” said an official of the public works department.
Organizers were busy planning special performances throughout Wednesday. Chetla Agrani, Suruchi Sangha, Sree Bhumi Sporting Club and Ballygunge Cultural Association are some of the popular pujas that will take part in the carnival on Friday.
“This is a wonderful concept and every year, new innovations are being made to make the show more spectacular. It also provides a huge impetus to Brand Bengal in other parts of the country and abroad,” said Sourabh Ghosh, a member of Ballygunge Cultural Association.
The carnival started in 2016 where 39 of the most popular pujas in the city and its vicinity were invited to present one last glimpse of the show put together by the organizers. The number of participants has grown every year after that.
On Friday too, starting from Fort William to the immersion ghat on the banks of the Hooghly, the most popular and talked about idols in the city and districts will sashay down the kilometre-long stretch in a spectacular show of gaiety and grandeur.
“Last year, more than 2,500 foreign delegates and tourists had attended the show that has strengthened Bengal’s position in world’s tourism map. This year, too, we have invited several foreign delegates and members of the consular corps to attend,” said an official of the information and cultural department. Since several VIPs will be attending the carnival, several security arrangements have been made, including setting up of watch towers, installation of CCTV cameras and checkpoints.
Source: Times of India