Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 | Last Update : 04:05 AM IST
Would like to thank the people who participated in the festivities and made Durga Puja so joyful, says Mamata Banerjee.
Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed her gratitude to the people of West Bengal, the puja organisers and administration for the peaceful celebration of Durga Puja. She also called upon the public to attend the grand procession of more than five dozens idols of popular Durga Pujas on Red Road on Tuesday.
In a post on Facebook she said in the morning, “At the end of Durga Puja, the biggest festival in the world, I would like to thank the crores of people who visited the puja mandaps and participated in the festivities and made the festival celebration so joyful.”
Ms Banerjee added, “I would also like to thank the puja committees, clubs and all communities for their total cooperation and overwhelming support. I thank the police and civil administration for their tireless endeavour to make the puja celebration smooth, peaceful and disciplined.”
She wrote, “Some of the noted puja organisers will be participating in the carnival at Red Road on 3 October, being organised by the state government for the second time. I invite all of you to come and witness the beautiful event. My best wishes to all.” Meanwhile Red Road has been decorated along with a dias the chief minister and arrangements of 25,000 seats for the audience. Ms Banerjee will witness the procession of nearly 65 idols of various famous Durga Pujas which will pass through the road on way to Babughat at river Hooghly for immersion. While security has been tightened along the Red Road, vehicular movements would not be allowed during the carnival.
Durga Puja festivities ended on Saturday with the immersion of idols passing off peacefully. According to the Kolkata police, nearly 400 Durga idols were immersed in the city till 6 pm on Saturday without any untoward incident reported anywhere in the state.
The organisers and proceeded with the idol immersion at different ghats of the Hooghly river and other water bodies throughout the state.