Durga Puja comes early to West Bengal this year. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had announced grand plans to celebrate Durga Puja for the state of West Bengal and its people. Apart from increasing the grant to Durga Puja organising committees in the state from Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000, the West Bengal chief minister had announced 11 days government holidays from September 30 to October 10. Also, she said this year Durga Puja celebrations will begin early from September 1 itself with the mega procession.
Mamata said that a mega rally will be organised in Kolkata on September 1 to thank UNESCO for the inclusion of Kolkata’s Durga Puja on the list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. The rally will start at 2 pm on September 1, from Jorasanko Thakurbari and will end at Dharmatala in Central Kolkata.
She also announced that the concession on electricity charges incurred by puja committees shall also be raised to 60 per cent from the current 50 per cent.
The Mamata Banerjee government wants to promote Durga Puja as an international festival. She has asked all puja organisers to ensure that foreign tourists do not face any problems during their visit to the city in this period. She has requested all puja organisers to participate in the mega procession.
“This year’s puja is going to be special. We must plan very well this time. Lot of people from abroad are going to visit,” Mamata said.
However, the celebrations will not just be limited to Kolkata. The Bengal chief minister had asked the people of the state to participate in mega rallies across the districts, which will be held around the same time.