The Rasulgarh puja pandal will dazzle and glitter like never before as it will be made up of bangles, glasses and mirrors. Treasurer of the puja committee Sridhar Baliarsingh said the pandal will look like a palace built of glasses and mirrors. “We will use seven truckloads of bangles on making of the pandal that will cost us Rs 20 lakh,” he said.
Fifty people from West Bengal have been hired to build the pandal.
“We have been working on it for the last one month,” said Ashutosh Pradhan of Medinipur, the head of the designers. He said they have already installed the skeletal structure of the pandal with the help of designer wooden pieces.
“The next job is to give the expected look with mirrors, glasses and bangles,” he added.
Baliarsingh said the height of the pandal is 80 ft and width 120 ft.
“Keeping the giant size of the pandal in mind, we have ordered 5,000 glass bottles too. We are grinding the glasses and bangles to use in the background of the design to make it more amazing,” he added. He said they are nor replicating other structure like previous years.
He said the budget of the puja is between Rs 35 lakh and Rs 40 lakh.
“It is bit higher than last years Rs 32 to 35 lakh. We will invest more in 2017 as it is our silver jubilee year,” he added.
Committee secretary Japan Routray said they have also hired eight people to make 20 ft idol near the puja pandal. Bidyut Jana from West Bengal is heading the team.
“We have ordered a ‘pata’ saree worth Rs 25,000 for the Durga idol,” he added.
To keep an eye on the crowd, the puja committee will install 25 CCTV cameras around the venue and also erect a watch tower. “We are also engaging 30 security guards and 100 volunteers. A first-aid centre and information centre will also be there for devotees,” said Routray. He said people can also enjoy melody programmes during the five-day long puja. Ollywood actors and actresses will attend the programmes, he added.
Courtesy: The Times of India