Saturday, January 28, 2023

Steel City gears up for Chhath festival, administration inspects ghats

Orders to clear filth at sites
: The steel city is gearing forward to the Chhath festival, Bihar’s most revered and rigorous religious event that is held six days after the conclusion of Diwali.

The local administration has sprung into action to clean up ghats that, after a whole year of neglect and lack of any care or upkeep, will need an army of workers toiling round the clock to make it usable and safe for millions of devotees who will swoop on over two dozen ghats in the city.

A delegation led by SDO Prem Ranjan, JUSCO deputy general manager, Jamshedpur Town Services, Dhananjay Mishra and Central Peace Committee secretary, Ram Babu Singh inspected different ghats.

Sources informed that SDO ordered JUSCO to carry cleanliness drive at different ghats. “The ghats are already slippery with mud and slush. A fresh bout of rain can lead to more challenges for the administration and for the devotees.

Administration has called the corporates 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.

Particularly, Jusco 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. Similar responsibility has been given to Tata Motors to take care of In Telco.

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 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.

“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.

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

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