• Durga Puja 2021: Huge Footfall In Pandals Despite Low-Key Celebrations

    Assam recorded 226 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

    Even though Covid-19 has controlled the festive spirit to an extent, there is a larger crowd witnessed in pandals and streets of Assam than last year.

    People of the State are coming out of their houses to go pandal hopping and hog on puja delicacies. A larger crowd is witnessed on the streets than last year as it has become easier to dodge the virus as people are getting vaccinated and proper safety protocols are ensured to be followed.

    But the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is seen on the lights and glitz of puja pandals in Assam this time, due to the fund crunch faced by the puja committees.

    The crowd of the State will not be able to witness big Durga puja idols as the height of idols has been limited to 5 feet due to the government's Covid guidelines.

    According to many reports, puja committees said that they didn't have sufficient funds for a theme-based pandal and only the rituals will be performed with no cultural programmes, keeping in view the Covid protocols.

    Thus, even after the pandals have attracted crowds, the organisers say they miss the pre-Covid celebration as current celebrations have been a bit muted.

    Meanwhile, Assam on Tuesday recorded 226 fresh cases of COVID-19, pushing the active caseload to 2,664. The positivity rate of the state has reached 0.64 per cent.

    The districts with the highest cases are Kamrup Metro (76), Jorhat (20), Sonitpur (17), and Barpeta (14).
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