KOLKATA: It has been two years in waiting, but cops are finally meeting residents of complexes and high-rises across the city requesting them to celebrate a safe Holi.
While maintaining Covid norms is a must given that cases are still being reported, the thrust this time is on maintaining regular law and order. “This will be one of the biggest deployments since last year’s Durga Puja,” said an officer.
“We are asking residents to follow the basic Holi norms — not splashing colours on those who are not interested, not throwing colour balloons at unsuspecting passers-by and not engaging DJs in a manner that can cause sound pollution,” said an officer heading a police station that houses many complexes off EM Bypass.
Many housing complexes had cancelled celebrations in 2020 and 2021 but are returning to pre-Covid times this year. “We will celebrate with all safety guidelines. There will be prabhat pheri, cultural programmes and playing with colours and music,” said Tathagata Roy, a resident of a complex near Deshapriya Park.
A few housing societies say they are keeping restrictions in accordance with cop advisories but celebrations for the first time in two years will see a wider participation. Some well-known societies like Ruchira and Rameshwaram are not having get-togethers but have not announced restrictions on individual celebrations.