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Kolkata Gets Special ‘Shopping Buses’ Before Durga Puja

Durga Puja, Kolkata’s biggest festival, is approaching. Therefore, the city receives a special bus in the city’s commercial district.

Durga Puja Pandals
Photo by Sonika Agarwal on Unsplash

The West Bengal government established special buses in the city to allow consumers to buy easily as Kolkata prepares for its biggest holiday, Durga Puja.

The West Bengal Transport Department unveiled the bus, which would operate throughout Kolkata’s commercial district, which includes places like Gariahat, Shyambazar, and Esplanade.

From September 10 to September 25, the buses will run on Saturdays and Sundays. From 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., the bus will run on the roadways.

The buses would run from September 4 to September 25, according to West Bengal’s transport minister, who also added that they would run on weekends and government holidays.

Routes Of Buses

The specific routes of these buses are:

  • Esplanade to Howrah
  • Esplanade to Dunlop
  • Shyambazar to Barrackpore court
  • Gariahat to Howrah
  • Gariahat to Parnasree Palli
  • Gariahat to Behala Chowrasta

Celebrations of Durga Puja As COVID-19 Situation Improves

According to a worker at the West Bengal Transport Department, “Since 2020, COVID has prohibited people from fully celebrating Durga Pujo, but this year, with indicators that the situation has significantly improved, people would like to do so. “We are making all possible preparations to make this possible.”

Kolkata is preparing for Durga Puja

Kolkata is ready to fully celebrate Durga Pujo after two years of only partially celebrating. After two years, the city will be able to celebrate the major celebration without any limitations due to the improvement in the COVID situation.

Also Read: Top 7 Kolkata Based Designers to Shop From This Festive Season

UNESCO lists Durga Puja

Durga Puja was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2021.

“I am confident that this inscription will offer encouragement to the local communities that celebrate Durga Puja, including all the traditional craftspeople, designers, artists, and organizers of large-scale cultural events, as well as tourists and visitors who partake in the inclusive festivity that is Durga Puja,” said Eric Falt, director of UNESCO New Delhi.

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Written by Yashika Goel

From Arts and Journalism background, Yashika is a graphic designer and content writer living in Delhi. When not working, you’ll find me eating pasta, travelling, reading books, drinking coffee or painting. Join me as I learn more about myself and show you how to love life daily!

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