Delhi government does not allow Chhath Puja in public places, river banks, temples citing COVID-19 pandemic

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The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has advised the public to celebrate Chhath Puja at their homes. The DDMA order states that the measures to prevent Kovid in Delhi will continue till November 15.

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Thursday banned Chhath Puja celebrations in public places, public grounds, river banks and temples in the national capital, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has advised the public to celebrate Chhath Puja at their homes. The DDMA order states that the measures to prevent Kovid in Delhi will continue till November 15.

It said, “Chhath Puja festival shall not be permitted in public places/public grounds/river banks, temples etc. in Delhi and public are advised to celebrate the same at their homes.”

This comes after Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal chaired a meeting of the DDMA on Wednesday in view of the upcoming festive season to prevent any resurgence of the infection.

Ministers of Delhi Government Satyendar Jain, Kailash Gehlot, AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria and senior officials of NITI Aayog, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) were present in the meeting.

First published:September 30, 2021, 3:41 PM

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