Durga Visarjan Starts Amid Tight Security

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Kolkata: Ending five days of Durga Puja festivity, thousands of Durga idols have lined up at various ghats in Hooghly for immersion on Sunday, last day for immersion as per the orders of Kolkata police.

The immersion which started early in the morning will continue till midnight. Civic authorities have designated Babughat, Bichalighat, Bagbazar and many more ghats as immersion spots. Huge number of police personnel has been deployed along with civic body workers to smoothly run the event and to thwart any unwanted situation.

However, the civic authorities are particularly worried about some of the heavily used ghats such as Nimtolla ghat in the north and Bajekadamtolla ghat along Strand Road. While, Nimtolla ghat takes 80 per cent of the idols from north and parts of east Kolkata, Bajekadamtolla ghat is responsible for immersion of majority of idols from south Kolkata.

“Only at Bajekadamtolla ghat we are supposed to arrange for immersion of more than a 1000 idols. We need to have a strong manpower posted at this ghat since we may face obstacles in the cleaning up job,” said Debasish Chakraborty, the director-general (parks) after touring the ghat on Saturday.

According to a senior official of the KMC parks department, it would be an uphill task to clear the ghat for the big budget puja organizers in the evening after a series of such immersion of idols that are expected to arrive at Bajekadamtolla ghat since morning. “The big puja organizers will wait for the tide in the Hooghly to come for a smooth immersion of some of taller structures. But, we need to clean up the ghat of the idol structures which may get stuck due to absence of a tide in the morning, The tide will come only in the afternoon,” the KMC official said.

The civic administration is also worried about the lack of immersion porters for the big day. “This year we have to take care of more than 3000 idol structures in some of major ghats on a single day. We have been trying our best to rope in additional porters from different areas in south 24 Parganas. We hope we will tide over the crisis,” said Debasish Kumar, the member, mayor-in-council overseeing the KMC parks department. Kumar conceded that it was a challenge for the civic body to do the ‘immersion’ job smoothly. “We are prepared for the big event,” the MMiC said.

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