Drive-in 'darshan': Kolkata looks at ways to combat Covid-19 during Durga puja

The drive-in concept for Durga puja would allow people to slow down their cars to take a look at a pandal and Durga idol without having to alight from
Photo of a Durga idol used for representational purpose
Photo of a Durga idol used for representational purpose

With little more than two months to go for Durga puja, festival committees in the city are brainstorming ways to ensure the safety of pandal-hoppers amid the Covid-19 crisis, while offering them a glimpse of the goddess.

Three Durga puja committees in the city, all crowd- pullers and located within one-km stretch in south Kolkata, have joined hands to introduce a drive-in 'darshan' concept - an arrangement which would allow people to slow down their car to take a look at the pandal and the Durga idol without having to alight from their cars.

Also check these Vehicles

Find more Cars
Gt Force Drive Plus (HT Auto photo)
Range Icon110 km/charge
₹ 1.03 Lakhs
Gt Force Drive Pro (HT Auto photo)
Range Icon65 km/charge
₹ 67,801 - 90,530
View Offers
Tvs Iqube Electric (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon4.56 kWh Range Icon100 km
₹ 1.17 - 1.23 Lakhs
View Offers
Bajaj Chetak (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon3.2 kWh Range Icon126 km
₹ 1.15 - 1.35 Lakhs
View Offers
Evolet Raptor (HT Auto photo)
MaxSpeed Icon100 Kmph
₹ 1 Lakhs
View Details
Pure Ev Epluto 7g Pro (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon3 kWh Range Icon150 Km

"As maintaining physical distance is mandatory, we had to think of a concept that would avoid crowding near the pandals. Our patron, Texas-based Mridul Pathak, came up with this drive-in concept during a video conference. Shortly after, we set the ball rolling," Kapil Dev Pathak, an officer-bearer of Badamtala pujo committee, said.

Also Read : Worship on wheels: Bengaluru church devises drive-in services for Covid times

Sanitiser will be sprayed on the cars before every puja pandal, he said.

"The drive-in route has been mapped in a certain way... Revellers will get to catch a glimpse of the Badamtala puja decoration, before proceeding westwards to 66 Pally, and finally the Nepal Bhattacharya Street Durga Puja at the end of the trail," Pathak explained.

The organisers have decided to pay tribute to auteur Satyajit Ray this time, he said.

"As this year marks Ray's birth centenary, we chose Apu trilogy as the theme for the three marquees. Badamtala will portray scenes of 'Pather Panchali', 66 Pally of 'Aparajito' and Nepal Bhattachaya Street Pujo will depict 'Apur Sansar'," he added.

First Published Date: 09 Aug 2020, 13:30 PM IST

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city

Want to get the best price for your existing car?

Powered by: Spinny Logo
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy
Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.