The notebandi and GST have taken the sheen off the Durga Puja celebrations this year in Uttar Pradesh with majority of the committees across state facing the pinch of cash crunch which will be reflected in the pandal decoration.
In Lucknow and Varanasi, this year, the budget has gone down as the donation has decreased. “This is a bad year for us. The collection has gone down because people do not have money to spare for puja, while the cost of raw material has gone up which is affecting decoration of pandals,” general secretary Shashi Bhushan Durga Puja Committee Ashish Bhattacharya said in Lucknow.
Debashish Mukherjee of Bengali Club Durga Puja Committee in Lucknow too echoes Bhattacharya’s sentiments.