Free shuttle service for pandal hoppers this Durga Puja
The Delhi government will provide free shuttle service for Durga Puja pandal hoppers during the Navratras with battery-operated vehicles at every 20 minutes from designated parking in Nehru Place to the pandals in C R Park. In a marathon meeting on Tuesday, the Delhi government chalked out a detailed plan to ensure hassle free and memorable Durga Puja celebrations in C R Park, popularly referred to as mini Bengal in the city.
Delhi Minister for Health, Home and Public Works department Satyendar Jain on Tuesday headed a high-level meeting of various departments to finalise a plan regarding Durga Puja celebrations in the city. The officials of traffic police were also present in the meeting and a traffic management plan was also worked out for C R Park. The Delhi government has also decided to deploy 50 guards of Civil Defense for better crowd management and assist the local police in maintaining law and order.
“A doctor and a nurse will be deployed round-the-clock in each of the 14 authorised Durga Puja pandals in the area. The government has also decided to exempt the charges of fire tenders and mobile toilets,” said Jain. He further informed that the government has directed the PWD officers of the area to repair all roads, make them pothole free and also repair pavements. “All the major gates of C R Park will be decorated, trees will be pruned and street lights shall be made functional,” he added. The Navratras, auspicious days for the worship of Goddess Durga will be held from October 7 to 10. On October 11, the immersion ceremony will be held at various ghats of the Yamuna. “The Delhi government has decided to write to the Uttar Pradesh government to cooperate in arrangements for idol immersion at Kalindi Kunj area. The Flood Control and Irrigation Department has also been directed to make all the necessary arrangements in advance,” said Saurabh Bhardwaj, MLA of Greater Kailash.
The government has also directed Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to chalk out a plan to deploy free of cost ‘mobile toilets’ during the Navratras in the area besides talks are in progress with Delhi Metro to provide additional parking sites. According to sources around 5 to 7 lakh people visit C R Park pandals during this time.