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Mamata to meet Puja organisers

Mamata Banerjee will address 2,500 Durga Puja organisers from the city and interact with them at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Wednesday evening.

At last year’s meet, the chief minister had announced a single-window system of granting Puja permission and 10 per cent discount in electricity bill for organisers.

While last year’s announcements were a pleasant surprise, organisers know what they want from Mamata this year. “I would want her to relax the bar on erecting gates on the road since we have to depend on sponsorships,” said an organiser from south Calcutta.

A senior police officer said such structures flout the high court guidelines on Puja and could be life-threatening.

“The electricity discount was not reflected in the bill last year. The system needs to be more transparent. We will convey this to the chief minister,” said an organiser from Kasba.

Members of Forum for Durgotsav, comprising representatives of 175 Pujas, met CESC officials last week to discuss the matter.

“We have a wish list ready for the chief minister,” said a member of the forum.