KOKRAJHAR, Oct 12 - Despite the steep rise in prices of essential commodities, the people of Kokrajhar are all set to celebrate Durga Puja in a grand manner.
At the moment, puja preparations are going on in full swing at the BTAD headquarters. The office-bearers of over 50 puja committees are leaving no stone unturned to make the celebrations a success.
The committees have already organised several meetings to make plans for the celebration. Other works like pandal construction, illumination, cleanliness, fund raising are also now going on in full swing.
This year, some of the puja committees of Kokrajhar, such as Bazar Durgapuja committee, Depot Durgapuja committee, Tengapara Durgapuja committee, Station Para Durgapuja committee, Subashpally Durgapuja committee etc., have arranged various programmes to make the festival attractive.
Markets of Kokrajhar are witnessing a tremendous rush of customers, who, despite the steep prices of all articles and essential commodities, are buoyant about buying new colthes. A section of garment vendors are moving within the market areas carrying the commodities for sale on their shoulders or on bicycles, while some are going from door to door to sell their items.
However, a secion of local traders have expressed concern over the current trend of some regular customers prefering to go for online shopping extensively during the festival time.
Meanwhile, the civil and police administration have made elaborate arrangements for holding the Sharad Utsav in the district peacefully. According to sources, the administration has already held a meeting with the presidents and secretaries of the puja committees of Kokrajhar town and briefed them about maintaining law and order during the puja days.