Kolkata, 19 July. Special initiative has been taken to prevent idol-making in the world-famous West Bengal for Durga Puja. The process of thermal screening has now been started at Kumhartoli, the hub of idol building. The construction of Durga idols has started after the lockdown. Since the construction of idols has started late this time, it is a tough challenge for the sculptors to prepare them in time and send them to the puja pandals. Meanwhile, the risk of spreading corona virus infection in Kumhartoli has also increased. The reason is that after the lockdown, sculptors and craftsmen have started returning from different places. In such a situation, the biggest concern is that if the infection spreads in Kumhartoli, then the construction work of Durga idols will come to a halt. In such a situation, the question mark will be put on organizing Durga Puja.
Every year 1000 to 1200 Durga idols are prepared from Kumhartoli. In view of this apprehension, it has been decided to conduct thermal screening of all the sculptors and artisans of Kumhartoli.
Medical Bank general secretary D Ashish said – ‘Our medical camp has been set up. Our five-member medical team will conduct thermal screening of each sculptor and artisan. Those whose body temperature is above normal will be advised to go to the hospital immediately. Along with this, the amount of oxygen in the body of each person will also be examined.
The famous sculptor Mintu Pal of Kumhartoli said-
‘This is a welcome move. With this we will be able to work with ease. The movement in Kumhartoli has increased after orders for Durga idols began to be received. Many sculptors and craftsmen have returned. We are constructing idols with utmost care. Wearing a mask, working repeatedly. Using sanitizer frequently, yet there is apprehension in the mind. With the corona being examined at regular intervals, we will be able to work more assuredly. Kumhartoli has more than 300 sculptors and about 1500 artisans.