Jamshedpur, Nov. 4: The administration has deployed more than 800 jawans from Jharkhand Armed Police and district police at different ghats to ensure peaceful Chhath celebrations. Adequate number of women cops would also be deployed near the ghats.
Police personnel in civil dress will also monitoring the ghats. All the major ghats will be placed under a magistrate and inspector rank police official.
Expressing satisfaction over the arrangements, East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T. Mathew said that CCTVs will be installed at major ghats and their footages will be monitored at police control room.
East Singhbhum deputy development commissioner Binod Kumar, who is officiating as deputy commissioner in-charge as deputy commissioner has gone to Delhi on Friday inspected several ghats.
He went on to inform that apart from swimmers at all ghats on river banks a rescue teams with all safety gears will be positioned at Domohani and Subernarekha ghats and rush to any of the ghats in case of emergency. Barricading of danger areas at the ghats would be completed by Saturday evening. Local police station have been asked to take strict action against anyone found indulging in illegal sale of spaces at ghats.
Moreover in view of the large number of devotees going on foot to different ghats the no entry timing of heavy vehicles has been changed from Saturday itself. Heavy vehicles will be barred from entering the city.
Danger areas in river banks are being demarcated by red flags and ropes by Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee. Mobile number of local swimmers and civil defence officials to be displayed near danger zones. Changing rooms for women has been erected by Jusco at Subarnarekha ghat.
At Surya Mandir, Sidhgora, cleanliness of the pond has been undertaken with bleaching powder and chemicals and water refilled by Jusco and Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee.
Surya Mandir Committee under its patron and state chief minister Raghubar Das has distributed puja paraphernalia at less than market rate while fruits have been distributed free to 250 poor devotees Arrangements of 20 fire extinguishers by temple committee, over 40 CCTVs and two drones will be deployed by the organising committee for security reasons. Performance by famous Bollywood singer Sunidhi Chauhan will be on November 6 evening.
The four-day festival began today with Nahay Khay. Day one saw thousands of devotees offering prayers to the Sun God across the city. The ghats reverberated with traditional songs, as many women sang devotional songs dedicated to the Sun God as they took the holy dip.