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Dusshera in Cuttack to be low-key affair

Cuttack: Dusshera in Cuttack city this year would be a low-key affair with devastating floods ravaging many parts of Orissa.

There would no grandeur or lavish spending on welcome arches and evening cultural programmes. Majestic processions accompanied with decorative lights and band parties during the time of immersion of deities would be missing.

For the recent flood which wrecked havoc in 19 of the 30 districts of the state, the puja committees have decided to donate generously to the Chief Minister?s relief fund for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the affected people.

Local puja committees have unanimously agreed to it yesterday when Nagar Ekata Committee mooted the proposal.

About 70 of the 150-odd puja pandals which attended the meeting collectively agreed to the proposal?, Ekata committee chairman Prasanna Nanda said.

Deciding to heavily slash their budget on extraneous spending, the cash-rich puja committees have instead decided to donate generously for relief, rescue and rehabilitation of the people in the flood-hit areas.

At least 10 blocks of Cuttack district are affected in the recent floods in Mahanadi river system.

"We have already received assurances from some puja committees that they would donate within two to three days", Nanda said.

An appeal would be made on behalf of the city puja committee to all local committees to ensure that the puja`s end peacefully without much extravaganza, he said.

"It`s an impressive gesture on the part of the puja committees coming to the help of administration at this hour of crisis", a senior citizen of the city said.

Senior police officials of the city too appreciated the gesture saying the steps taken by the `sahi murabis` (local heads) is a great step saying the law and order situation and traffic in the city would improve during the puja days without the late night cultural programmes and low key Bhasani (immersion ceremony).

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