Certain limits on the performing of rites during Chhath have been enforced by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the Calcutta High Court, and the Supreme Court. The Telegraph gives you the dirt on what’s allowed and what’s not.
Rituals at ghat
Over 130 ghats have been prepared for devotees to perform Chhath Puja ceremonies, some of which are permanent and others which are temporary. According to a Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) official, there are 18 ghats along the Hooghly where worshippers might be accommodated.
The KMC has also constructed temporary wells, which will be filled with water and enclosed in a brick enclosure. In south Kolkata, two similar wells have been dug on Panditiya and Cornfield Road. In Kasba, Jadavpur, and Patuli, the KMDA has prepared 32 temporary ghats. A few years ago, seven permanent ghats were created around water bodies – six in Anandapur and one in Patuli.
Between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Thursday, only green fireworks may be used. However, environmentalists claim that there are few green fireworks on the market and that many people have already purchased banned firecrackers.
In 2020, the high court outlawed processions during Chhath Puja, allowing just two people per family to execute the rites. However, a Kolkata police officer stated that stopping processions may be practically impossible. “Because Chhath worshippers come strolling,” the officer explained, “it may not be able to stop processions.”
It is forbidden to use loudspeakers or DJs during the festival.
Sarat Bose Road, Park Street, Shakespeare Sarani, Ballygunge Circular Road, New Park Street, AJC Bose Road flyover, Park Circus connection, Parama flyover, Loudon Street, Rawdon Street, and EM Bypass would be closed to “Chhath Puja vehicles,” according to police.
No entry at Sarobars
At Rabindra Sarobar and Subhas Sarobar, no Chhath Puja ceremonies would be permitted. Between Tuesday midnight and 6 p.m. on Thursday, both parks will be closed.
All pujas, community picnics, and other events on the Rabindra Sarobar grounds were outlawed by the NGT in 2018. The Supreme Court upheld the NGT’s order in 2020.
“We have put additional guards at Rabindra Sarobar to watch the gates so that no one can access the compound,” a KMDA official, the Lakes’ custodian, said.