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Delhi Govt Allows Chhath Puja Celebrations At Public Places

Mumbai: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday announced that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to allow Chhath Puja celebrations at public places in Delhi.

Delhi. In a tweet, Sisodia said the festival can be celebrated publicly while following necessary COVID-19 protocols. Also Read: Delhi Schools To Open For All Classes At 50% Capacity From Monday

“In today’s DDMA meeting, a decision was taken to allow celebrations of Chhath Puja. Now all residents of the city can celebrate this festival together at pre-decided venues while following all norms to protect themselves from Covid-19,” a rough translation of Sisodia’s tweet, which was posted in Hindi, read.

Allowing the celebration, the DDMA reversed its September 30 order, in which the body, for the second year in a row, prohibited public celebrations of Chhath, including on the banks of the Yamuna river, as well as water bodies and temples.

However, with the pandemic situation under control in the national capital, various groups including members of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded that outside celebrations of the festival be allowed.

On October 14, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal wrote to DDMA chief Lt Governor Anil Baijal to allow Chhath celebrations in the city. Earlier, Sisodia in a letter to Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had also urged the central government to issue guidelines “at the earliest”.

Chhath Puja, which falls on November 10 this year, is a major festival in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Delhi is home to a large number of people who celebrate this festival.

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