KOLKATA: One of the crowd-puller Durga Puja Pandals at Kolkata’s Mohammad Ali Park will be shifted to a nearby fire station this year due to the bad condition of a British-era reservoir underneath the Mohammad Ali Park, one of puja committee member said today.
The decision has been taken to shift one of Kolkata’s most iconic Durga Puja’s Pandals- since 1969 – from its venue. The decision was taken by Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sujit Bose keeping the safety of revellers visiting the park during the festivities in mind, he said.
“Kolkata Mayor Mr. Firhad Hakim had informed the puja organisers that experts from Jadavpur University have declared the reservoir unsafe and also have warned against holding any public event in the park till the proper repair is done properly. The Mayor requested us to choose an alternative venue this year,” he said.
Mr Bose also visited the Central Avenue Fire Station along with the puja organisers on Tuesday and approved the new location, he said.
The committee member updated that the puja used to be held at the fire station before 1969.
“We did not want Mohammad Ali Park Durga Puja to be halted this year due to the unavailibity of the park. But the organizers must take proper care to the safety guidelines in the new venue,” Mr Bose said.
The minister also said that Fire Services will be ensuring that the organizers are keeping space for free movement of fire tenders.
Mohammad Ali Park DurgaPuja Committee general secretary Surendra Kumar Sharma said that the organizers will start the pandal work at the new venue by the end of this week.