Kolkata: All the premier clubs in the lake area will be closed today (November 20) due to Chhat puja following a KMDA directive. However, the clubs will again open from Saturday (November 21) evening.

Some vintage clubs in the area, like Anderson Club and Calcutta Sports Club, are yet to open doors for members since the first phase of lockdown due to restrictions at the Lake. They will remain close for some more time. 

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Others, like Calcutta Rowing Club, Bengal Rowing Club and Lake Club, had reopened from September, in various phases of unlocking.

Secretary of CRC, Chandan Roychowdhury said, “Our club will be closed on Friday. We have spoken to BRC and they, too, will not allow any member in on Friday. We will resume operation from Saturday evening.”

Lake Club secretary Subrata Guha said that they are yet to see the KMDA order but would abide by it.

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However, The Supreme Court on Thursday (November 19) ruled that Chhath puja will not be allowed at the Rabindra Sarobar lakes in south Kolkata, which is considered the lungs of the densely populated city because of its greenery.

In a simultaneous development, a division bench of the Calcutta high court banned Chhath puja at Subhas Sarobar, a water body of equal importance and located in the north-eastern parts of the city.