CM Reviews Chhath Preparation at Patna Ghats

CM Nitish Kumar reviewing Chhath preparation from a boat in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Like his annual aerial pilgrimage of flooded districts in Bihar each monsoon season, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday conducted his annual survey of Patna ghats to review preparation for the upcoming 4-day Chhath festival that begins on October 31.

Accompanied by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and more than a dozen senior bureaucrats, Kumar reviewed the condition of ghats while directing the officials to check the safety arrangements at all ghats in the state capital and to ensure all lanes leading to over two dozen ghats between Danapur and Patna City were in good shape to handle large foot traffic between October 31 and November 3 when the festival comes to an end.

Interestingly, Kumar, who has been in power for close to 15 years, has repeatedly looked the other way on the matter of finding a permanent solution to make ghats safer and ever-ready for festivals like the Chhath, Shravan Mela, and Kartik Mela when Hindus flock to ghats in large numbers to perform religious rituals.

Suggesting special attention was being paid to the ghats in view of the higher water level of the Ganga, the Chief Minister said that the Urban Development Department and Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) were working jointly to ensure all ghats were safe and appropriate measures were being taken to make the entire four-day festival an event-free experience.

Union Minister and Patna Saheb MP Ravi Shankar Prasad reviewing Chhath preparation in Patna on Friday.

Earlier, Union Minister and Patna Saheb MP Ravi Shankar Prasad also visited a number of ghats to review preparation for Chhath.

Like the Chief Minister, Prasad also instructed the officials to ensure the arrangement was impeccable and no stone was unturned to make the ghats safe.


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