Kolkata: Mahalaya crowd keeps police and organisers busy

Early birds began hitting the pandals, even those that are incomplete, causing bottlenecks . The airport-bound VIP Road traffic was the most difficult for police .

KOLKATA (Kolkata): On Sunday, early birds began hitting the pandals, even those that are incomplete, causing bottlenecks.The airport-bound VIP Road traffic was the most difficult for police.CM Mamata Banerjee encouraged all participants to cooperate with the cops during the puja days, but they also reminded them that they were equally responsible to keep traffic on the highway outside their pandals at bay.The CM asked mayor Firhad Hakim, the chief patron of the puja committee, to keep traffic flowing last week.

To facilitate VIP movement, you may close down a segment of the highway at any time.I know you have a small yard, but she said you should not hinder traffic flow at any cost.On Mahalaya evening, a sea of revellers crowded outside Sreebhumi Sporting Club.Volunteers, private security guards, and Bidhannagar Police were the only people permitted into the main pandal, which was themed around Vatican City, even though the organisers refused to allow visitors inside.

Airport-bound vehicles travelled in a lane on the Kolkata-bound flank as the day progressed.And other pandals are seeing a crowd surge even before they open their doors to the public.According to a police officer, even pujas that are yet to finish their pandals, such as Behala Natun Dal, Mudiali, Shibmandir, and Tala Barowari, are seeing decent footfall from Saturday.On Monday, CM Banerjee will inaugurate 25 Pally in Kidderpore, Behala Natun Dal and Barisha Club in Behala, and 41 Pally in Haridevpur.

On September 27, we will have a formal opening at 6 p.m.But revellers have started arriving.The problem is that work in the interiors is still ongoing, according to Mudiali's Ashok Dey.Though CM Banerjee will begin the puja on Monday, Sandipan Banerjee, the convener of Behala Natun Dal, said that visitors will be allowed to attend the puja from Tuesday.

Visitors from Tritiya will be able to attend the puja.As Durga Puja celebrations begin on Tritiya, around 2,500 cops will be on the streets from 4 p.m. on Tuesday and another 4,000 on Wednesday, despite a long and busy weekend.On Tuesday, police commissioner Vineet Goyal will hold his final inventory meeting.

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