NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has prohibited any Chhath Puja celebration at the Yamuna river bank due to Covid-19 pandemic and allowed celebrations at designated sites only.
“The celebrations of Chhath Puja during the month of November shall be allowed only at designated sites outside containment zones with requisite permission from the district magistrate. No site shall be designated on the bank of river Yamuna,” the DDMA order said.
“Cinemas, theatres, multiplexes are allowed to operate with 100% capacity, auditoriums and assembly halls allowed with 50% capacity from November 1,” said by the DDMA.
The authority further said designated sites shall be identified and managed by the respective district magistrate in coordination with concerned departments agencies.
Meanwhile, BJP launched a special Covid-19 inoculation drive for 10,000 people who would be performing Chhath Puja across the city.
Chhath Puja celebrated after Diwali by people belonging to Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, involves the offering of ‘Arghya’ by fasting women to the Sun god in knee-deep water.