Administration Gears Up for Chhath in Patna

Cleaning-up of Ganga ghats in Patna ahead of Chhath festival.

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Patna: District Magistrate Kumar Ravi and other top officials in Patna on Monday held a meeting of concerned officials to review preparation for Chhath, one of the biggest religious Hindu festival in Bihar, that begins with 'Nahai-Khai' on October 31 and ends with the 'arghya' to the rising sun on November 3.

Patna: District Magistrate Kumar Ravi and other top officials in Patna on Monday held a meeting of concerned officials to review preparation for Chhath, one of the biggest religious Hindu festival in Bihar, that begins with 'Nahai-Khai' on October 31 and ends with the 'arghya' to the rising sun on November 3.

Kharna will be observed on November 1 and evening ‘arghya’ would be performed on November 2.

Workers were seen cleaning up all ghats to make it tenable for a large crowd that would start gathering at various banks of the Ganga starting early Thursday morning.

The DM directed officials to ensure public safety on all 92 ghats in Patna district and ordered closing of those ghats that were deemed dangerous. He also issued a directive to ban plying of boats in the Ganges on the last two days of the festival to avoid any tragedy involving devotees.

As always, security will be of paramount concern for the administration as the DM ordered round-the-clock surveillance of major ghats along with the presence of top officers to deal with any contingency. He also directed officials to ensure non-stop power supply to all the ghats and the roads leading to them for the safety and convenience of the devotees.

To maintain utmost safety and security of the devotees, the administration is gearing up to deploy more than 4,000 cops at various ghats while also directing all police stations to remain open round-the-clock to deal with any untoward incident.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Garima Malik said that a multi-pronged security arrangement was being made under which all ghats will be under constant video surveillance. Furthermore, the deployment of 4,000 cops and use of metal detectors will also help keep the criminals at bay, she said.

Plain-clothed policemen at the ghats and security officials on boats would be monitoring the situation from the river as experts divers would be close by in case of any drowning incident.

Most major intersections in the city would be manned by DSPs to maintain free flow of traffic for the entire period of Chhath. To keep traffic moving smoothly, no commercial vehicle would be allowed to ply on Ashok Rajpath between 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm, officials said.

Watch towers, police control rooms, water-barricading, road repair, medical units and emergency vehicles; drinking water facilities, and setting up of portable toilets and changing rooms were also being put in place for the convenience of hundreds of thousands of devotees who would be converging on nearly a hundred ghats in the district starting Thursday morning.

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