The decision has been made by over 60 Ramlila organisation committees to hold the event this year in its physical form in the national capital, Lav Kush Ramlila Committee secretary Arjun Kumar said on September 8, 2021.
Kumar claimed that they have received approval from DDA, MCDs, and ASI to use their grounds.
“Over 60 committees met today at the Jhandewalan temple and it was decided that we will hold Ramlila celebrations this year, for which all organisers have to take permission to book DDA, MCD, or ASI (Archaeological Society of India) grounds,” Kumar said.
General Secretary of Delhi Dharmik Mahasangh and BJP leader Ashok Goel informed that a delegation will soon meet the Delhi lieutenant governor and the Union minister of state for the home to seek their help to authorise holding of Ramlila in the wake of a “controlled” situation of coronavirus in the national capital.
According to the ritual calendar in autumn, Ramlila is organised every year across Delhi and other parts of northern India during the festival of Dussehra.
These events attract large crowds due to which permission to hold them was denied in wake of COVID in 2020 but the situation appears to be under control in the city.
According to the latest COVID norms, the DDMA restricts any sort of religious gatherings in the national capital.
Now, Lav Kush Ramlila only needs approval and license from the Delhi police to organize the event, Kumar added.
He said that the latest DDMA guidelines should be issued in a few days.
“We hope the DDMA guidelines will allow Ramlila, perhaps with distanced seating and fairs may not be allowed. Now that bookings for grounds are open, we are hopeful,” he further added.
Even though the government of Delhi allowed the Ramlila celebration in 2020 with strict guidelines, most organisers had abstained from organising the event due to the pandemic.
There is indeed a much better COVID situation currently but few states like Kerala are still struggling with the deadly infectious disease and with changing mutations it can strike again like a second wave in April and May 2021.