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MP inspects Chhath ghats, admn to convene meet this week

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Jamshedpur, Nov. 2: Bidyut Baran Mahto, local MP, and the representative of Chief Minister and Jamshedpur East MLA Raghubar Das inspected the conditions of the river ghats on Monday in view of the Chhath festival scheduled on November 17.

There are nearly 18 major ghats in and around the city which are expected to witnesses huge turnout of devotees during the evening offerings (November 17) and morning offerings (November18).

“ I inspected the sites and think that that the ghats need to be cleaned and leveling before Diwali otherwise there would be very little time left for cleaning of ghats as there is no specific time period for immersion of Kali Puja idols. The administration should be ready to clean ghats almost every day to clean the puja paraphernalia after Diwali,” said Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahto.

The MP, who started the inspection today, and visited Domuhani ghat, Baroda Ghat (near Bagbera) and Shiv Ghat (near Jugsalai) would be visiting ghats on banks of Subernarekha river at Baridih, Bhuiyandih, Sakchi, Sonari and Kadma tomorrow.

Dhalbhum SDO Alok Kumar said that meeting would be held this week along with representatives of local urban bodies, Jusco (which looks after cleanliness under its areas) and other corporate sectors this week for cleaning and preparation of ghats.

Sources informed that he ordered administration to carry cleanliness drive at different ghats.

Administration has called the corporate houses like Jusco, 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 SDO, Dhalbhum.

Jusco especially has been asked to provide electricity and make lighting arrangement in the low laying areas of the city, or for that matter, at the approaching paths to the two rivers.

The most important task before the administration is to barricade the danger zone and stop the devotees and revelers 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 opposite so we are making adequate arrangements to make the festival an incident free celebration,” said a district administration official.

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