Apart from the immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga and Maha Kali, no other immersion would be allowed in Sadarghat’s Bishorjon ghat. In an order signed by Silchar Municipality Board Chairman Niharendra Narayan Thakur, the district administration has announced about the decision.
The letter states that apart from the idols Durga and Kali, no other immersion will be allowed after 6:00 PM. The letter states that the decision is taken after considering the issues civilians face during the immersion procession. It is worth mentioning here that during Manasha Puja 2018, people of Silchar criticised the unplanned and unorganised immersion processions heavily. There were several posts on social media bashing the high decibel music and traffic jam.
A post on Facebook read, “it took me 3 hours to reach Tarapur from Sonai Road. Such traffic after a tiring day in office is painful.” Another post from an young individual read, “What is the connection between Lungi Dance and Maa Monosha why so much show off.”
Thakur’s letter states that the gate of Bishorjon ghat will be locked at six in the evening everyday. He attributed the decision to the deputy commissioner of Cachar district S Lakshmanan. The deputy commissioner spoke to our correspondent and said, “We needed to take some step and this is what we thought is apt at this stage. We got a lot of complains and therefore we decided to make this move. Unplanned processions cause a lot of problems, so in case there is a need to immerse idol after 6 PM, the associations or individuals must seek prior permission so that we too have enough time to take necessary decisions.”
While this is a step in the right direction considering the narrow roads and rise in the number of Puja Pandals, should Durga Puja and Kali Puja too have been included, remains debateable.