Jamshedpur : Spate in Subernarekha and Kharkai is posing hurdle for the East Singhbhum district administration to prepare Chhath ghats.
The district administration has deferred cleaning of ghats and declared two popular ghats – Kapali (in Sonari) and Baroda Ghat (in Bagbera) as dangerous for devotees. The administration will take a decision on other ghats post Diwali celebration in a meeting on November 5.
The Sandhya Argh (evening offerings) will take place on November 8 while Suryodaya Argh (next morning offerings) will take place on November 9 along the river ghats. Usually, devotees start reserving spots near ghats from November 7 onwards.
Dhalbhum sub divisional magistrate Prem Ranjan who inspected the ghats along with Jusco officials said that all ghats are flooded and administration can only wait and watch hoping for water to recede from the banks.
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.
Several social and cultural organisations have requested the administration to ensure proper cleanliness, lighting facilities, life saving divers along the ghats.
According to the officials of Chhath Ghat Committees thousands of devotees would offer “Araghya“ to the setting sun at various ghats in Mango, Adityapur, Baghbera, Sidghora. But lack of cleanliness remains a major concern.
They demanded that administration should deploy police personnel and emergency services like ambulance at riverbanks.
Meanwhile organisations of the city have decided to set up canopies near ghats to supply essential commodities to the devotees.
The task of cleaning up the ghats is vested on Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) and Jugsalai municipality while Tata Steel’s subsidiary Jusco will be providing electricity and installing lightings at major ghats for the festivity.