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Lake chokes as hundreds observe Chaiti Chhath

KOLKATA: A couple of masses of devotees swarmed Rabindra Sarobar for Chaiti Chhath on Thursday night, flouting the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on religious ceremonies on the Lake. Women, wearing finery and carrying puja choices in baskets and banana bunches on their shoulders, started streaming in in a while after 4pm to safe a spot along the waterbody’s edge. By 5pm, over 300 devotees had arrived, swarming in from near Menoka Cinema Hall. They trampled saplings, plucked plants and dumped choices, vermilion and oil in the water.

Though it used to be slightly small compared to the full-fledged Chhath, the extent of wear brought about during this festival used to be fairly important.


This is part of the sequence of assaults that the Dhakuria lake has to suffer around the 12 months. This zone is immensely valuable for the health of all the city and must be treated as such.

After the puja on the banks, devotees climbed into the water to provide obeisance to the Chhathi Maiya. “The Lake ,after the Chhat Puja attack in November, had simply began getting better. This is the time when lotuses blossom in large numbers in the water. But now once more, in the name of Chaiti Chhat, devotees brought about any other spherical of wear. Police did not anything to forestall the devotees since they have been outnumbered,” stated Sumita Banerjee, member of the Calcutta High Court-appointed Lake Monitoring Committee.

Dhakuria Lake’s importance to Kolkata’s overall well-being cannot be overstated. “We will have to additionally remember the fact that the eco-system in and across the lake is fragile; even at some point of irresponsible behaviour may end up in irreparable injury. Both government agencies and voters are chargeable for the Lake’s health and will have to behave accordingly,” stated environmentalist Somendra Mohan Ghosh.

There have been a few police group of workers who attempted to forestall the devotees on Thursday. Arguments ensued as the choice of devotees grew and police found it futile to check out to forestall them. “It is unfortunate to peer how a handful of devotees violate an NGT order. These repeat offences additionally painting the poor perception about NGT,” stated Mrityunjoy Chatterjee, any other member of the committee.

The prison combat for the ravaged ecosystem at Rabindra Sarobar started in 2013 in Calcutta High Court. After the formation of NGT, the cases have been transferred there. The NGT, in its first ruling in 2016, stated Chhath Puja rituals may just now not be carried out on the Sarobar. The Rashtriya Bihari Samaj (RBS) moved courtroom then, claiming that a judgement as important as this is able to now not be given simply 10 days before the puja as it will be difficult to discover a new venue. The courtroom had then allowed the group to perform rituals on the Lake that 12 months, however maintained that no one must be allowed to herald plants, oil or other polluting elements. But all of the rulings have been grossly violated. In 2018, too, Chhath devotees violated the NGT order.

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