Chhath: Ranchi mayor recces different city ghats

Ranchi: Mayor Asha Lakra inspected several ghats across the state capital on Sunday ahead of the Chhath festival, one of the prominent festivities in Jharkhand, Bihar regions. The four day festivities will start from Monday (November 8) with nahay khaye ritual while evening and morning arghya will be offered to sun god at water bodies on November 10 and 11.

Since morning, Lakra took whirlwind tour of about a dozen lakes and ponds tucked in different pockets of the city and gave appropriate directions. She visited Joda talab, Jumar river, Kanke dam, Bharamtoli pond among others.

In few areas, she was upset spotting garbage littered all around and directed Ranchi Municipal Corporation’s cleanliness workers to work on war-footing to ensure that the areas are spruced up. Notably, following immersion of Kali idols on Sunday at different places, many ponds are studded with puja wastes all round.

Talking to reporters, Lakra appeal people to follow covid appropriate behavior during Chhath too. On her visit, she said, “Many ponds are ready and are in final stages of getting readied while some are still to be over. Workers are working round the clock. I have asked authorities to ensure proper safety measures including adequate lightning, proper approach roads etc to prevent any mishaps.”

Almost all the water bodies in the city are filled to their capacity owing to good rainfall this year. “I have asked officials to earmark danger zones in them,” she said, adding that directives have been given for deployment of divers at prominent places.

“Local volunteers and teams of national disaster response force (NDRF) will be deployed at key areas for safety measure at water bodies. At all venues, adequate number of civil and administration force will be deployed to man crowding and other issues,” said an official of Ranchi police.