In the latest order, the Pimpri Chinchwad commissioner has ordered that there shall be no public chhath puja in any civic or river bodies. Shravan Hardikar the PCM commissioner said “the coronavirus is on a rise and that is the reason why I have put a ban on public Chhath puja.
It has been observed that every year the festival of Chhath is celebrated with all fun and frolic however this year due to coronavirus restrictions have been made. In the previous years, there have been 50,000 on the river ghats to celebrate the festival and conduct the puja with full rituals. Crowding in such numbers this year can be very fatal for the people due to the pandemic.
The PCMC has advised people to celebrate the Chhath Puja at their homes while maintaining social distancing from each other to avoid the spread of the COVID-19. Shravan the PCM commissioner said, “ those who will disobey the orders action will be taken against them.”
Amit a founder of AUBM said many of the people who celebrate the festival of Chhath are in their native states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. They had gone to celebrate Diwali and Chhath. Others in Pune have been requested to celebrate at home with all safety measures.
Amit added by saying “many people live in rented accommodation. We have requested the government body to allow the women to follow the rituals next to the rivers. However, the request was denied and limited to celebrations at home only.”
Santosh Patil additional commissioner said “the safety and security can not be ruled out. The coronavirus infection is still there and hereafter people have been advised to celebrate it at home only.”
Santosh added by saying “we are keeping a close watch on the migrant labor returning back and the chances of the second wave of the corona. The huge gathering is one of the major causes of the spread of the disease.”