Pandal hopping for senior citizens

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Santanu Ghosh &Biswadip Nandy

Balurghat, 1 October :Basnti Saha,an octogenarian never thought of travelling puja pandals during puja days. Her dream came true today as the Balurghat municipal authority took an otherwise initiative for the elderly people to make them visit the puja pandals of Balurghat on Saturday on Mahasasthi.Not only Basanti Saha,more than 250 elderly people from all 25 wards of Balurghat municipality also had the same happy experience today by courtesy of the civic body.
They moved from pandal to pandal on toto and had lunch sponsored by the municipality.
“In am much happy today. I could not visit padals because no one is there in my family to take me to the pandals. I cannot move in the evening crowd.The initiative of the municipality is awesome one. I am thankful to them”said bewildered Basanti Saha.
“From each of the 25 wards of Balurghat we chose the elderly people who dont have capacity to visit puja pandals. They have neither no one to look after nor financial and physical abilities. Considering this we arranged this puja parikroma with lunch. We are very happy when they blessed us for our initiative”said Ashok Mitra, chairman of Trinamool led Balurghat municipality.

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