Orissa HC refuses to interfere in state government's decision on Durga idols, dismisses relaxation plea
The bench said none of the other Durga Puja samitis has found the restrictions on the height of the idol to be hurtful of public sentiment or interfering with their celebration of the events.
Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr CBK Mohanty, said tall idols with decorations will attract more visitors leading to crowding at puja pandals.
Odisha government rules out any change to festival guidelines; idols will have to be below 4 ft height
Announcing this, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena said that restrictions announced by the government in its August 9 guidelines will continue.
Cuttack puja committees have expressed strong resentment over the State government’s decision to ban public celebration of Durga Puja for the second consecutive year.
People have been asked to observe pujas including Ganesh Puja, Durga Puja, Laxmi Puja, and Kali Puja falling in the next three months on their premises with strict adherence to Covid safety norms.