West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday (October 12) said that she will be virtually inaugurating Durga pujas this year from the state secretariat.

She set aside Oct. 15, 16 and 17 for unveiling different Durga puja pandals in the city.

The chief minister asked the puja committees not to allow people without masks inside the pandals, stay away from organising cultural programmes and take all steps to prevent overcrowding. She urged television channels to highlight Pujas that were maintaining the COVID protocol.

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Mamata said, “I will inaugurate Durga Pujas virtually from Nabanna (state secretariat). Pandals in the northern part of the city will be unveiled on Oct. 15, those in the Behala and Jadavpur areas the next day and the ones in south Kolkata the day after."

The CM further said she would be unveiling the pandals around 5 p.m. on the three days.
Mamata Banerjee visited a popular pandal in the city, patronised by her cabinet colleague Firhad Hakim, and drew the eyes of goddess Durga on her idol, as part of a religious ritual.

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Ahead of the Durga Puja festival, the chief minister urged people to exercise extreme caution for COVID-19 as she reiterated that community spread of the infection had begun in the State. She said that there were instances of the infection being airborne.

The State government would set up a 24X7 helpline for emergencies during the Puja and the leave of all employees engaged in essential services remained cancelled.