Durga Puja in Delhi to witness installation of pandals, and organisation of Ramlila events, as government gives a green nod for the same in its recent order. By Kumar Shree

As the revered festival of Navratri is around the corner, the Delhi Government has granted permission to install pandals and organise Ramlila events for Durga Puja celebrations, across the capital city. The order also highlights that safety and precautionary measures to prevent the Coronavirus outbreak should remain a top priority at such installations.

 

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To make sure strict implementation, the government has already put a ban on any form of rallies, food stalls, exhibitions or processions, inside or outside any venue. Even though the festival will wrap up before that, this ban will continue until October 31. While you might get to visit your favourite puja pandals in CR Park and be a part of the Dhunachi dance, you will unfortunately miss out on those delish golgappas.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and the District Magistrate will have the right to issue permissions for such events, but only after conducting a full inspection of the area. Furthermore, only limited visitors will allowed entry at any particular time for both indoor as well as outdoor events, and not without masks. They will also have separate gates for entry and exit at the venue.

The DM will share a sample video with all organisers, who will then film their venue as shown, and share it with the administration every day till the event culminates. The administration will scrutinise these footage to confirm that all Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) of the Delhi government and the Government of India are followed. They will verify that no violations take place.

 

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The DCP and the DM will also share the report with the Chief Secretary, and will appoint one nodal officer each for every pandal and Ramlila. These nodal officers will make sure that the organisers follow all prescribed guidelines, and there are no violations.

Taking a look at all these measures, we can say that Durga puja celebrations in Delhi might miss certain fun elements, but it will be safe this year.

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