Administration Scrambles to Ready Patna for Prakash Utsav

Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore holding meeting with top officials to prepare for Prakash Utsav.

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Patna: Patna Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore who is a very busy man these days wearing different hats each day – be it planning for a new park in Patna, strategizing on how to attain the status of 'Smart City' for Patna, or trying to pull the battered and wounded Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) by its boots – was once again busy worrying about the slow progress in the upcoming Prakash Utsav celebration to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh, the 10th guru of the Sikhs.

"We don't have much time now. We need to get all our resources together and get to work on a war-footing level. There is so much to be done in terms of security arrangements, repairing roads and street lights, and making sure traffic is managed properly, among many other things," the Commissioner said.

Kishore then outlined his plan to monitor progress in Patna City by posting senior bureaucrats in strategic locations to review all activities and submit a report on daily basis to analyze developments.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj, District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal, Vaishali District Magistrate Rachna Patil, City Commissioner Abhishek Singh were among more than two dozen officials and senior bureaucrats were present at the meeting.

The Divisional Commissioner further said that the district administration was going to hand over 12 acres of land near Kangan Ghat to the Gurudwara Management Committee on Friday where it would hold 'langars' for the visitors during the celebration. He further said that work on lighting between Gandhi Maidan and Gurudwara would be completed by October 30.

The meeting was held at the Ramdeo Mahto Community Hall near Mangal Talab in Patna City.

Over five lakh Sikhs from around the world are expected to attend the event that begins on December 25 and ends on January 5, 2016.

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