Even though the pandemic shows no signs of abating, Sreebhumi Sporting Club is aiming high. The puja, organised by the club led by fire and emergency services minister Sujit Bose, will be modelled after the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
“Every year, we try to offer something unique to visitors. Almost every interesting structure in India, from the Puri temple to the Chittor fort, has been replicated here. Many of our members have visited the Dubai Tower, and we had considered this structure in the past but never pursued it because building it is a difficult task. “We thought of taking on the challenge in our pre-golden jubilee year,” said Dibyendu Kishor Goswami, chief coordinator of the puja committee. On the day of the Rath Yatra, the club held its khuti puja.
The Dubai tower is 2,722 feet tall, with 163 floors, 57 elevators, and eight escalators, whereas the Sreebhumi tower will be at least 110 feet tall. “The structural drawing is nearing completion. It will be essential for a temporary structure with such intricate architecture.”
The tower rises from a flat desert base with 27 setbacks in a spiral pattern, reducing the tower’s cross section as it rises and creating outdoor terraces at each level. These setbacks are arranged and aligned in such a way that vibrational wind loading is minimised.
Another challenge would be completing the tower’s cladding system, which includes over 26,000 reflective glass panels and aluminium and textured stainless steel spandrel panels with vertical tubular fins. The glass acts as an anti-glare shield against the harsh desert sun and winds.
Experiments with various shades of acrylic paint are being conducted in order to achieve the appearance of reinforced concrete, steel, and aluminium.
As the Durga Puja festival approached, Kolkata’s Sreebhumi Sporting Club created an iconic 145-foot pandal in Laketown inspired by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. Sujit Bose, president of Sreebhumi Sporting Club, told ANI that the group builds the pandal in the shape of iconic buildings each year, this time Dubai’s popular tourist attraction and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. He stated last year that “we had built it [pandal] on the theme of Paris Opera, and years prior to that, the pandal was designed in the form of Kedarnath and Puri temples, among several other themes,” according to ANI. Bose went on to say that the 145-foot-tall Burj Khalifa, which resembles a pandal, is brimming with special lighting arrangements that give the structure a glowing, majestic appearance at night.
There will, however, be no experiments with the idol. “It will be a traditional goddess clad in gold jewellery, sculpted by Pradip Rudra Pal,” he said.
The organisers agree that the theme will draw a large crowd. Isn’t that a concern, especially with the third wave of Covid-19 on the horizon? “Whatever the situation, some people will go pandal-hopping.” Scaling back is not an option for us because about 300 families rely on us, including the 120-odd labourers who are involved in the pandal’s construction. “We will abide by whatever restrictions the government imposes at the time,” Goswami stated.
To reduce risk, the organisers are banking on vaccination. “We’re attempting to vaccinate all of our volunteers and pandal-makers in stages.” The club is linked to Gandhi Seva Sadan, a local hospital that houses the South Dum Dum Municipality’s vaccination centre.
West Bengal’s Chief Minister requests that COVID-19 standards be followed.
Bengal, or West Bengal On Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged everyone to be cautious while pandal hopping and to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the lethal COVID virus during the Durga Puja festivities. While inaugurating two Durga Puja pandals in south Kolkata on Wednesday, Chief Minister Banerjee urged people to follow COVID guidelines. “I ask that everyone who visits the pandals during the festival wear masks, even if they are fully vaccinated.” “Some people are testing positive for COVID-19 despite receiving both doses of the vaccine,” Banerjee said during the inauguration of the Naktala Udayan Sangha puja pandal.