Bhubaneswar: Though the height of idol does not directly have an effect on the chances of increasing infection, but indirectly more the height of the idol and more the splendour, more number of people will get attracted leading to congregation which will increase infection, explained Dr Bijay Mohapatra, Director of Health Services.
Dr Mohapatra explained this while answering queries from reporters on how restricting the height of the idol during the forthcoming festivals, especially, Durga Puja would contribute to containing a rise in Covid cases.
The Director of Health Services cited instances of other States like Maharashtra restricting the height of idols to between 2-4 feet, Karnataka which has also reduced and Delhi for different festivals.
Dr Mohapatra stated that the restrictions imposed in the aforementioned 4-5 States have been certainly done with some reason behind it.
“Our government’s decision too has been taken after taking into consideration various factors. So we should save ourselves and at the same time observe our festivals in conformity with our religious sentiments without much fanfare within the guidelines,” the Director of Health Services pointed out.
He said by following the guideline issued by the government we shall remain safe and better as we are today.
In the past we have followed the guidelines of the government and are in a better position now, he added.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena on Friday announced the State government’s decision not to relax the restrictions on the height of Durga idols within four feet in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation and in the interest of public health.
Unhappy with the government’s decision, many Durga Puja committees of Cuttack have decided to approach Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to seek relaxation on Durga idol height restriction.
The committees unanimously decided that they will make an appeal to the Chief Minister by September 16 to reconsider the decision on the height of Durga idols.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Monday observed a Cuttack bandh to register its protest against the government decision to stick to its earlier announced decision on the height of idols and other restrictions on celebrations.