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Health Minister Banna inspects Chhath ghats in Jamshedpur, devotees to perform rituals on river banks

Jamshedpur, Oct 25: Health Minister and Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta on Monday inspected the Subernarekha Ghat in Sakchi, the epicenter of Chhath devotees during the two- day festival scheduled from November 10.

 There are nearly 18 major ghats in and around the city which witness huge turnout of devotees during the evening offerings (November 10 ) and morning offerings (November11).

 “The Minister inspected the sites and gave orders for cleanliness of ghats and leveling before Diwali as otherwise there would be very little time left for cleaning of ghats. The administration should be ready to clean ghats almost every day to clean the puja paraphernalia after Diwali,” said an official.

The minister was accompanied by officials of two civic bodies – Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) and Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC).

All the major ghats in and around steel city, including Subernarekha Ghat at Sakchi, Kapali in Mango, Domuhani in Sonari, Pandey in Bhuiyadih, Bhuiyandih ghat, Sati in Sonari, Substation ghat at Kadma, Bodhanwala in Bistupur and Baroda ghat at Bagbera, draw thousands of devotees during Chhath.

Sources informed that he ordered administration to carry cleanliness drives at different ghats.  Administration has called the corporates like Tata Steel UISL, Tata Motors and Tata Steel to provide manual and machinery assistance to the administrative officials in carrying out the exercise before the festival. “We have asked all the socially responsible corporate institutions to extend their cooperation in carrying out the drive,” said the official .

The most important task before the administration is to barricade the danger zone and stop the devotees and revellers from breaching into that area. In the light of past incidents of drowning the administration has got serious with this issue and has taken firm measures in this regard particularly, in Mango, Sonari and Kadma where the possibility of accidents are high.

Meanwhile officials of Chhath Ghat Committee 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. “This year the situation is just the opposite so we are making adequate arrangements to make the festival an incident free celebration,” said a district administration official.

 Meanwhile, administration will be deploying trained swimmers and lifeguards along with paddle boats at different points on Subarnarekha and Kharkai river during chhath festivity.  Danger spots would be demarcated and all ghats would be barricaded.

Apart from cleanliness of river ghats streetlights and halogen lights would be set up on river banks for the convenience of the devotees.

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