CUTTACK: Even as Durga puja committees in city are stressing on different glittering affairs including Chandi Medha, Shagadia Sahi-Professorpada Puja Committee is constructing a 17 feet idol of Goddess Durga to attract visitors. The idol is said to be the tallest among all Durga idols in the city and the committee has been making it with 20 feet height backdrop (Jari Medha) for the last three years. As per reports, Shagadia Sahi-Professorpada committee has been clebrating the puja since 1953 by setting up idol of Hara-Parbati on it altar (Puja Madap). However, it started worshipping Durga idol in 2015.
“Instead of giving importance to outer decoration, the committee members unanimously decided for installation of a gigantic and unique idol of Goddess Durga. For the last three years, we have been preparing 17 feet height idol of Goddess Durga while artists are making idols having height ranging from 8 to 10 feet in different puja pandals in Cuttack,” said committee president Minaketan Khuntia.
Renowned artist Nayan Sahu of Bhatimunda in Tangi has been constructing the tallest idol of Goddess Durga for the last three years. This year, `7.5 lakh has been estimated for construction of the idol, he added. Sahu said final layers of clay have been applied to the idol and colouring work will be started soon. “We are using ‘Bharia’, a special appliance made of bamboo, for climbing to a height to construct the tallest idol,” Sahu said.
BMC gears up ahead of Durga puja
Bhubaneswar :The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made a special budget of `5 lakh for repairing potholes and roads in all the 67 wards of the Capital City ahead of Durga puja. A special drive will also be carried out for repairing the street lights and maintaining sanitation in each ward. Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena during a meeting on Friday instructed the officials in-charge of electrical section of BMC to expedite the work. He also asked the environment engineers to take steps for cutting branches of the trees which are covering the street lights in the city.
There are about 35, 000 LED street lights in the city and over 6,000 will be installed soon, a BMC official informed. The civic body will also write a letter to the PWD urging to clear the debris of the portion of the flyover which collapsed in Bomikhal on September 10 as Durga puja is approaching. Bomikhal Puja Committee used to erect the pandal close to the spot. Similarly, for the smooth immersion of the idols of Goddess Durga, BMC will create four makeshift ponds, including two temporary ponds, on the bank of Kuakhai river. This year, the size of the makeshift ponds will be larger than that of the last year. The agency will also install lights at the immersion sites, sources said.