Priyanka Dutta, Kolkata: The City Of Joy has been decked up like a bride to welcome Goddess Durga. And this Puja will be a challenge one for the cops. A One day match between India and Australia on Oct 1 at Eden Gardens and the forthcoming FIFA U-17 Football World Cup to be hosted in the city, Paralelly CM Mamata Banerjee has assured that she will inaugurate more Pujas this year -right from the Mahalaya day.
According to police sources, Panchami and Shashthi will tough days as offices will remain open, VIPs will be moving around to inaugurate Pujas and revellers will start descending on the roads. Thus, making foolproof arrangements from Mahalaya itself would be difficult.
Some places where big pandals and markets are located, including Hatibagan and Gariahat, that are expected to witness huge footfalls. As far as Puja inaugurations are concerned, the chief minister is in high demand. At the Netaji Indoor stadium meeting, Banerjee told some organizers that it was impossible to keep all requests. There fore, the cops won’t ask the organizers to open the pandals for public from Tritiya itself.
Apparently, the local cops have been asked to convey to organizers that if they do open the pandals from Mahalaya, they would have to take the onus of the security .
According to sources, after the end of Puja world cup will be managed. All leaves have been cancelled for a month,” said a police source.