26 - 09 - 2017

Fourth time flood in capital dampens puja preparation

AGARTALA, Sept 12, 2017 (TVN): Again flood like situation happened in  entire  Agartala.This is for the fourth time before Durga Puja entire Agartala and major portion of Jirania sub divison experienced flood.Eight relief camps have been opened till now for flood affected people.

After Monday night rain areas around Motorstand, Banamalipur, Shanitala and other areas of city got inuandated again. The most affected area was Banamalipur, their people blocked the national highway demanding immediate relief from flood. Later, the blockade was withdrawn after getting assurance from DM west and SDM sadar.

The exceptionally heavy monsoon rains in  Agartala this year has affected the work of idol makers and puja bazaars. “Generally around this time, we concentrate only on painting the idols, but this year some of us are still engaged in making the idols that took an unduly long time to dry because of the weather,” rues  Tarun an idol-maker.

At his workshop in Netaji Chowmuhani  the idols of Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati wait to be cured in the sun. “We still have to finish the idols. Then comes another layer of clay, paint, and finally the decoration,” says Sushanta Pal, as he works on the  Biswakarma idol. On 17 September Biswakarma puja will be held.