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Min : 21.30°C (-3)
Max : 33.10°C (+1)
Rainfall : 0.00 mm
Relative Humidity:
Max : 90.00% Min : 49.00%
Sunrise : 5:36 AM
Sunset : 5:8 PM
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Mainly clear sky. Minimum temperature around 22°C.
 
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The Mahasashthi map

WEATHER WATCH

The weatherman has forecast fair weather this Puja. “There is no chance of a low-pressure area or any such system forming now. Barring isolated, localised thundershowers, the weather should be dry. This Puja will not be a washout,” assures Gokul Chandra Debnath, the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore. The night and early morning temperatures have started to fall a notch or two below the normal of 25 degrees Celsius for this time of the year. So expect a hint of chill if out pandal-hopping all night or on an early morning trip to Belur.

IF THERE’S A NIP IN THE AIR

Layer with stoles, shrugs or jackets while going pandal-hopping. Designer Agnimitra Paul recommends jersey gilets and shrugs to stay warm. “It’s something you can keep on for an entire day or carry in your bag and slip into when you are feeling cold. It can also be rolled into a ball and carried in the tiniest of bags,” says Agnimitra. If you have a friendly neighbourhood tailor who’s willing to fashion a jacket for you in triple quick time, get one made in a “lightweight yet textured fabric like matka silk or khadi” to pair with jeans or even saris. And remember, a good moisturising lip balm is your best friend.

NO ENTRY

Some of the roads that would be closed to traffic from 4pm on Sashthi to 2am on Saptami; 4pm on Saptami to 4am on Ashtami; 4pm on Ashtami to 4am on Navami; and 4pm on Navami to 4am on Dashami.

North and Central Calcutta

Bagbazar Street

Nandaram Sen Street

BK Pal Avenue

Jadunath Mallik Street

Collootola Street

Surya Sen Street

Kaiser Street

BB Ganguly Street, from Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani crossing to AJC Bose Road

South Calcutta

Dover Lane

Ramesh Chatterjee Road

Mandeville Gardens Road

Ekdalia Road between Gariahat Road and Mandeville Gardens

Jodhpur Park Second Lane

Kali Temple Road

Jadavpur, Behala and Port division

Raja Subodh Mullick Road from the EM Bypass Link Road to VIP Bypass Road crossing

NSC Bose Road

Michael Dutta Street

Ramkamal Street

Ramnath Patel Road

Hemchandra Street, from Padmapukur to Kabitirtha Sarani crossing

DECIBEL BAR

Noise from microphones must be limited to 65 decibel on the festival days. Microphones cannot be used between 10pm and 6am except to make emergency announcements. Report noise-norm violations at the Lalbazar police control room (22143230) or the local police station. Those outside the Calcutta police area can dial the DG control room (22145486). Violations can also be reported at the state pollution control board control room between 5pm and 11pm on Puja days (23358212, 23353913 and 18003453390, which is toll-free). Teams of the pollution control board will patrol the city.

TAXIS

According to the taxi associations, about 30,000 yellow cabs would ply in the city during Puja. The Bengal Taxi Association will reserve taxis for pandal-hoppers at 24753505 and 24742249. The charge is Rs 220 per hour for a minimum of four hours. Senior citizens will get 10 per cent discount.

In case of taxi refusal, alert the nearest cop or dial the helplines (9830010000 and 9830811111).

Dial 41414141 for Puja packages by Mega Cabs at Rs 1,180 (4 hours/40km) and Rs 1,680 (6 hours/60km). Charge for extra hours is Rs 150 per hour and extra kilometres is Rs 15 per km. Parking fee and toll taxes extra.

METRO RAILWAY

Saptami

2pm to 4am next day

(2pm to 6pm — 10 min; 6pm to 10pm — 8 min; and 10pm to 4am — 15 min)

Ashtami and Navami

2pm to 4am next day

(2pm to 5pm — 10 min; 5pm to midnight — 7 min; and midnight to 4am — 15 min)

Dashami

4pm to 9.45pm

(4pm to 5pm — 10 min; 5pm to 9pm — 8 min; and 9pm to 9.45pm — 15 min)

HELPLINES

Emergency helpline: 100

Lalbazar control room: 22143024/ 22143230/ 22141310

Traffic control room: 22143644/ 22141457

Writers’ Buildings control room: 22143674/ 22544169

Children helpline: 1098

Missing persons squad: 22505153/ 22141430

Senior citizen helpline: 9830088884

Anti-stalking helpline (ASK): 8017100100

Helpline for women in distress: 1091

CESC control room: 9831079666/ 9831083700

CESC consumer complaint No.: 1912

CMC control room: 22861212/ 22861313/ 22861414

Breakdown services: 24866810/ 24865131/ 24865132/ 24865133

Fire brigade: 22521165/ 22523170/ 22523101/ 22522225

MEDICAL SERVICES

Medical helpline (Calcutta police): 9830079999

Ambulance: 102

Blood banks

Central Blood Bank (Maniktala): 23510619

Ashoke Blood Bank: 24720333

Life Care: 22846940

Bhoruka Research Centre: 22448092

TIPPLE TIPS

Ashtami is a dry day while Dashami is dry after 3pm. The rules are the same for bars, restaurants, clubs and off-shops this year. On the other Puja days, bars and restaurants can serve liquor till 2am, if they apply in advance by paying Rs 10,000 for each hour they plan to remain open after midnight.

FUN FEST

True Spirit: Safety, civic consciousness and social commitment will be the watchwords for the judges of CESC The Telegraph True Spirit Puja, in association with Vedic Realty and GD Hospital & Diabetes Institute, as they cover 280 pujas across the city on Friday and Saturday. Big budgets and pretty idols won’t win points, crowd management and traffic control, first-aid provisions, fire and power hazard precautions and efficiency in crisis management will. The parameters of civic consciousness include efficiency in waste management, eco-friendliness and absence of noise pollution. Celebrity judges will visit five shortlisted pujas on October 21 to decide which of them will make it to the Four Star and Five Star categories. The puja with the highest score will become the Model Puja.

Hand In Hand: Hundred housing complexes will enjoy four days of non-stop festive fun courtesy The Telegraph Hand In Hand. While the young ones can look forward to Sit-and-Draw, those with a flair for cooking can participate in the Recipe Contest. Sign up for the traditional favourite, Spot Quiz, or show off your special talent in Three Minutes to Fame. Couples can test their compatibility quotient at Sriman Srimati. Our recommendation? Dhunuchi Naach and the all-new Shankh Bajao contests.

Festival Of Joy: The Telegraph Festival of Joy, presented by Euroclean Vacuum Cleaner from Eureka Forbes, will make sure that the pujas closest home are safe and secure. Fifty apartment complexes will be vying for the tags of Model Apartment Puja, Five Star Apartment Puja and Four Star Apartment Puja. Civic consciousness, community participation and social commitment are the parameters on which they will be judged.

Euroclean Vacuum Cleaner from Eureka Forbes Clean & Green Homes is also a part of the scheme. Six apartments will vie for the second edition of the prize, to be given to the greenest, plastic-free complex.

Choto Chokhe Boro Pujo: On Sashthi, 50 children from 20 schools will visit 40 pujas for Idea presents TTIS Choto Chokhe Boro Pujo, in association with GD Hospital & Diabetes Institute and the Alchemist Group. Based on the scores given by the children, five pujas will be shortlisted. On Ashtami, all the children along with actor Shaheb Bhattacherjee, his father and football great Subrata Bhattacherjee, and Malini Bhagat, the principal of Mahadevi Birla World Academy, will visit the shortlisted pujas. Nine of the 40 pujas can win prizes with one winner, two runners up and more prizes for best idea, best idol, green puja and three judges’ choice awards.

Vaseline Pujo Ready: Vaseline Pujo Ready, in association with Anandabazar Patrika, is looking for four women who are walking that extra mile to get ready for Puja. Get clicked at the Vaseline Pujo Ready zones on the pandal premises at Laboni Estate, 66 Pally, Howrah Mandirtala or Dum Dum Park Tarun Sangha and you could be among the four lucky winners to get featured in Anandabazar Patrika and go on a dinner date with four Tollywood stars.

Royal Stag Catch the Flight: Buckle up for a bird’s-eye view of Puja, courtesy Royal Stag Catch the Flight, in association with t2, from Behala Flying Club on Dashami, 8.30am.

Dandiya: Discover your twinkle toes at Gurukul Dandiya Mahotsav in association with t2 at Swabhumi (October 21 to October 24, 7pm onwards), Dandiotsav in association with t2 at Nalban gate No. 6 (October 21 to October 23, 6pm onwards), Jhalak 2012 in association with t2 at Nalban gate No. 1 (October 21 to 23, 6pm to 2am) and Dandiya Raas 2012 presented by New Heights Classy Events in association with t2 at Mani Square Penetti Banquets (October 20 to 23, 7pm to 2am). Expect special performances and appearances by celebrities like Sunny Leone, Veena Malik and Sagarika Ghatge.

TV tip: Stuck at home? You can catch all the action in the comfort of your living room. ABP Ananda’s campaign Ghare Boshey Mega Pujo — Sharad Ananda 2012 will make sure you do not miss any aspect of Puja in Calcutta. Dhunuchi naach, beats of dhak, pretty ladies in red-and-white saris participating in sindur khela — watch it all on ABP Ananda till Dashami.

Chowdhury Barir Puja, a spoof animation based on Bhooter Bhobishyot, is also a part of the campaign, which is being aired on ABP Ananda. The promotional video called Ghare Boshey Mega Pujo was uploaded on YouTube on October 14 at midnight, just before Mahalaya, and has gone viral since.