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“No mask No entry” Udharbond Kalibari Road Puja Committee’s focus this year is on COVID protocols

The biggest attraction every Sharod Utsav in the Northeastern region, Udharbond Kalibari Durga Puja Committee’s pandal this year will be a simple one. “Our main focus this year is to ensure we are following the COVID protocols,” says Shankar Roy, secretary of the Puja Committee.

Replica of Titanic, Akshardham Temple, aquatic animals, birds… Udharbond Kalibari Road Durga Puja Committee’s extravaganza has always been a massive crowd-puller. This time, the idol inside the pandal has been ordered keeping the five feet cap into consideration. “The pandal can accommodate 40 to 50 devotees at one go while maintaining all social distancing protocols. We have sanitisers and thermal scanners placed outside the pandal,” informed Roy.

He added that the Durga Puja Committee has made “No Mask No Entry” as an unbreachable rule this year. With Rs 2,20,000 budget for a committee that spends crore, this year the Durga Puja is going to be a low key affair for sure. Yet Roy is expecting high footfall and that is why they have decided to invest in some decoration.

“Inside the pandal, the ceiling has been decorated a little differently while outside it is a 35ft tall pandal that will welcome the devotees. However, this year we want our discipline towards COVID protocols to be the biggest attraction,” said Roy.

The Puja committee has donated clothes to the needy in Silchar Cancer Hospital and will donate today and tomorrow too. “Maharaj ji of Ramakrishna Mission Silchar will visit on the occassion of Panchami. We will donate clothes in presence of Maharaj Ji too,” informed Roy.

A total of 28 volunteers including the priest who will perform Durga Puja have been tested for COVID19 informed Roy and all of them tested negative.

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