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Jamshedpur, Nov. 7: Several social and cultural organisations have requested the district administration to ensure proper cleanliness, lighting facilities, and life saving divers along the ghats in and around the steel city in view of the ensuing Chhath festival.

According to the officials of Chhath Ghat Committee thousands of devotees would offer “Araghya“ to the setting sun at various ghats in Mango, Adityapur, Baghbera, Sidghora and other areas of the region, but lack of cleanliness at these places remains a major concern. Hence, they emphasised on early cleaning of the ghats.

They have also demanded that administration deploy police personnel and emergency services like ambulance at riverbanks.

Meanwhile, several organisations of the city have decided to set up canopies near ghats to supply essential commodities like drinking water and first aid to the devotees.

The task of cleaning up the ghats is vested on Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) and Jugsalai municipality, while Tata Steel’s subsidiary Jusco will be providing electricity and installing lights at major ghats for the festivity.

Nonetheless, the police particularly in Kadma, Sonari, Sidhgora, Baridih and Telco have been asked to increase the pace of their mobility in the rundown areas along the two rivers circling the city – Subarnarekha and Kharkai, to prevent unlawful incidents.

The members of the local peace committees of the concerned police stations have been urged to make regular visit to the ghats to keep the possible suspects away from the site till the festival gets over. On their part, the members have agreed to cooperate with the administration to make the festival be peaceful and incident-free.

Meanwhile officials of Chhath Ghat Committee said that there is an urgent need to properly clean the river banks, and various water bodies on the occasion of the festival of Chhat Puja, which is celebrated with gaiety and fervour by people of the city.

They said that people take bath in water tanks and rivers and, therefore, it is essential that the cleaning work of these water bodies is completed on time.

“The administration should also ensure proper lighting facilities, life saving divers along the ghats. Thousands of devotees would offer “Araghya“ to the setting sun at various ghats in Mango, Adityapur, Baghbera, Sidghora. The administration should deploy police personnel and emergency services like ambulance at riverbanks,” noted Central Peace Committee secretary Ram Babu Singh.

He said that the city witnesses around 300 big and small Kali Puja celebrations and in earlier times, people residing near the ghats used to take away the wooden frames a day after the idols are immersed. But this year, so far the wooden frames of Durga Puja can be still is seen at all the ghats. With more Kali Puja immersions scheduled this time, the number of such wooden frames and the associated puja paraphernalia will only increase,” said Singh.

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