No restriction on cars bikes during Puja days at Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: Bringing a sigh of relief for those thinking about enjoying the Durga Puja festivities on their cars or motorcycles, police and local administration have taken a unanimous decision that there will be no restriction on two and four-wheelers during the four days of Durga Puja in Balurghat.A high-level meeting was conducted at the conference hall of Balurghat municipality’s Subarnatat on Sunday evening regarding the matter. The meeting was presided over by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Balurghat Headquarter) Dhiman Mitra. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInspector-in-Charge of Balurghat police station Jayanta Dutta and Officer-in-Charge (Traffic) Arindam Paul Choudhury along with the representatives of different puja organisers in and around Balurghat town also attended the meeting. After the meeting, Mitra said: “It is our target to ensure glitch-free Durga Puja but it does not mean that we will enforce any restriction on four-wheelers and motorbikes. We have conducted a meeting regarding the matter and taken unanimous decision that there would be no restriction on two and four-wheelers plying in and around Balurghat town during the four days of Durga Puja.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to him, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has earlier said that there will be no separate arrangement for VIPs during Puja days as well. “We have also taken decision that there will be no special arrangement for high-profile political leaders, government officials and celebrities during Puja days. There will be no issuance of any VIP pass either. Each person is equal and it was also reflected through the recent speech of our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Mitra said. He added that there will be tight security arrangement for ensuring hassle-free Durga Puja in the area. “We have stressed on the best possible security arrangement for the people of Balurghat, so that thousands of pandal-hoppers do not face any trouble while ushering in the festive spirit. Apart from this, we are using drone camera for the first time for security reasons. Six such cameras will be used for keeping close watch and immediate intervention,” he said. According to a police source, adequate number of police pickets has also been put in place near Durga Puja pandals across the town, apart from the police assistance booths that have been set up in case anyone wants to enquire about routes or seek any other help. “We will also deploy adequate lady police officers and constables to provide security to women. They will help find missing persons or children in the maddening crowd. We have also installed CCTV cameras. The footage will be monitored round-the-clock by police officials from the control room,” Mitra said.last_img