Calcutta High Court directed the State Government to control congestion in public places particularly in the popular spots of the city where such crowding has been seen:
On 29th December 2020, the high court of Calcutta directed the Chief Secretary of West Bengal Government to ensure that effective protocols are maintained during the year-end festivities the court made the observation in light of the recent newspaper reports indicating that there has been overcrowding in public places.
The bench of Justices Kausik Chanda and Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya said that the protocols would include measures taken by the police authorities to control congestion in public places particularly in the popular spots of the city where such crowding has been frequently noticed in recent times.
The bench was hearing a writ petitions for appropriate directions on the respondent authorities for banning the sale and use of firecrackers during festivals and also sought a direction on the respondent authorities to prevent overcrowding in Kali Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Kartick Puja, and Chhat Puja pandals.
But, to prevent overcrowding in public places during the year-end festivities the Court issued directions for the State Government as mentioned above.
The court also directs the administrationn to ensure that there are “sufficient number of check points for providing masks, sanitizers and medical aid to the revelers.
Moreover the Uttarakhand State Government recently assured the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath & Justice Alok Kumar Verma that necessary protocol would be observed by the State on the days of the high influx of the tourists on New Year Eve.