After Durga Puja it’s now time to focus on Chhath.
The district administration is manoeuvring its workforce to pull off a successful Chhath, the biggest festival of Bihar that begins on November 4. The Pehli Arghya falls on November 6. Cleanliness of the Ganga’s ghats after Durga idol immersions is first on the priority list. The Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (Buidco) have been asked do the necessary ghat repairs.
On September 29, the district magistrate had convened a meeting asking officials to clean the ghats soon after the Durga Puja is over. Out of the total 88 ghats, Buidco has been given the task of revamping 29 and the rest 59 is being developed by the PMC and the district administration. Ghats under the Buidco is being developed under the Ganga riverfront development project with the help of L&T as its executing agency.
Most of the ghats in Patna were in a similar condition and the immersions made the scene worse with filth and trash littered all over. As the course of Ganga has shifted kilometres from its original course, the district administration has decided to install pontoon bridges at two ghats for the convenience of the Chhath devotees. Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam will install a pontoon bridge at the Collectorate and Mahendru ghats so that devotees don’t face any problem while reaching the river banks.
The list of dangerous ghats will be issued after October 25. This year, the water level of Ganga has increased compared to previous years. So, the authorities are refraining from announcing the names of the dangerous ghats in haste. The announcement will be made a week before the festival begins. The list will be out after October 25 which gives the authorities time to make the dangerous ghats usable.
Apart from repairing the damaged stairs of the ghats, the district administration will make arrangements for changing rooms, watch towers, signage at every ghat, barricading, closed-circuit television cameras. The National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force will be deployed too.