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Durga Puja: Authorities ensure safety

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 09:50 IST
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When Devi Durga gives darshan in numerous brightly lit pandals in Kolkata this puja season, the police, fire brigade and power utility CESC will be working tirelessly to make the festivities safe and hassle free for lakhs of revellers on the streets.

The officials will be keeping watch not only on the four days of the puja, but for almost a week till the immersion of the idols.

"The puja days stretch from Sashti till the immersion. There is no celebration for us. All officers and men numbering 8,000 have to be at their designated places on puja days to ensure that our track record of maintaining a smooth, trouble-free puja remains intact," said Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Kolkata Police PK Chatterjee.

This time around, the threat of terrorist attacks has added another dimension to security preparedness for the festivities, which attracts huge crowds in West Bengal.

Chatterjee, however, did not elaborate about the special measures or the threat perception.

"The crowd begins to swell in the evenings on puja days. Our duty starts from 5.00 pm and lasts till dawn. None can afford to relax during peak time," he said.

"Even the officers-in-charge of police stations keep vigil during the pujas in addition to their normal duties," he said.

Among the policemen on duty are 4,000 personnel of the Kolkata Traffic Police.