Dhalbhum SDO Madhvi Mishra, ADM Subodh Kumar inspect ghats
Jamshedpur: The district administration has made elaborate security arrangements for Chhath festival that started on Tuesday with ‘Nahay Khaye’.
Around 1600 cops including women cops would be deputed at all the ghats and approach roads. A joint circular was issued by deputy commissioner Amit Kumar and East Singhbhum SSP Anoop T Mathew in this regard. More than 80 traffic cops would be deployed both on October 26 evening and October 27 early morning to control traffic on major roads in city.
“We are working hard to ensure safety for the devotees. We are taking precautionary measures to ensure safety at the Chhat ghats. More over we have also approached corporate officials to help in ensuring safety,” said an official.
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.
“ We are taking every step to ensure safety. We have identified danger zones in around 10 ghats which are dangerous for people with little knowledge of swimming. Apart from demarcation of danger zones we have asked Tata Steel security unit and Jamshedpur civil defence unit to press into service their divers for any emergency operation,” the official added.
Dhalbhum SDO Madhvi Mishra today visited almost nine of the 18 major ghats along the bank of Subernarekha and Kharkai.
Incidentally, there are nearly 18 major ghats – including Bhuiyandih, Sati, Substation, Bodhanwala Mango, Kapali, Dumuhani, and Baroda ghat – in and around the city that draw thousands of devotees during Chhath.
“Police officials have been directed to intensify vigil on all the 18 ghats and take stern action against anybody found indulging in illegal acts. Police will also take action against those charging parking fees illegally on approach roads to ghats,” added SDO Dhalbhum.
Meanwhile, East Singhbhum civil surgeon, Dr Maheshwar Prasad yesterday evening issued directive for deployment of medical teams in different ghats on October 26 evening andOctober 27 early morning.
A high level of district administration will be inspecting all the ghats tomorrow early morning to see if the directives of cleaning, installation of lights, leveling of approach roads are in place.
Gradually receding water level of Subernarekha and Kharkai might have eased worries of chhath devotees but the administration is still in alert mode.
Following directive of East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, Amit Kumar, there will be provision of portable washrooms at the two ghats – Domuhani and Subernarekha which witnesses maximum footfalls of devotees during chhath.