Thursday, November 08, 2007

CM inspects ghats ahead of Chhath

PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar was on Tuesday happy to watch tourists enjoying joyrides on motor boats in the Ganga but was displeased with the bad condition of ghats. The CM was inspecting ghats ahead of the forthcoming Chhath festival along with urban development minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

He directed the DMs, SPs and executive officials of the state municipal corporations to make proper arrangements at different ghats before Chhath so that the devotees did not face any problem while offering their “arghya (obeisance)” to the Sun god.

Later, briefing mediapersons, Nitish, who visited 76 different ghats falling under the jurisdiction of the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) on a steamer, said that lakhs of people assemble at different ghats to offer “arghya” to the Sun god. He said that the PMC is spending over Rs 20 lakh for cleanliness, sanitation and security arrangements at different ghats so that the devotees did not face any problem.

Expressing satisfaction over the works being carried out by the and the district administration, he directed the principal secretary of the water resources department to inspect all the ghats along with the Patna commissioner, the DM and the PMC commissioner on Wednesday and make proper arrangements. The CM saw boulders, fixed under the flood prevention operation, uprooted at different ghats in between Bankipore and Patna Law College during his inspection.

Nitish also directed PMC commissioner Rana Awadhesh to ensure levelling and filling up of ditches at all the ghats. He also asked the officials concerned to construct steps and make arrangements for drinking water and mobile lavatory at different ghats.

He directed the PMC commissioner to cover cremation ghats, including Gulbi ghat, with white clothes and remove all the pieces of bricks strewn across ghats. The Patna commissioner and the DM were asked to make proper arrangements for divers, identification of dangerous ghats and proper lighting facilities. The CM also directed for adequate security arrangements and proper traffic management.

Nitish was peeved over the increasing pollution in the Ganga and directed the departments concerned to get the drain water treated before it reached the river. He also appealed to the citizens to keep the Ganga clean in view of its importance. The CM said that the repair work of broken staircase at the Gandhi Ghat has started and asked the Patna DM to complete the construction work quickly.

The CM said that the repair work of Mahatma Gandhi Setu is being carried out by the National Highways Authority of India since the bridge needed repair. The Centre has been urged to provide adequate fund for it, Nitish said, adding that the state government is also spending its share of money for the purpose.

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