Patna: Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi and other top officials in Patna on Thursday held a meeting to review preparation for Chhath, one of the biggest religious Hindu festival in Bihar, that begins with 'Nahai-Khai' on November 11 and ends with the 'arghya' to the rising sun on November 14.

The DM ordered the district officials to ensure public safety on all 92 ghats in Patna district and close those that were deemed dangerous. He also issued a directive to ban plying of boats in the Ganges on the last two days of the festival to avoid any tragedy involving devotees.

As always, security will be of paramount concern for the administration as Ravi ordered round-the-clock surveillance of major ghats along with the presence of top officers to deal with any contingency. He also directed officials to ensure non-stop power supply to all the ghats and the roads leading to them for the safety and convenience of the devotees.

Ganga being cleaned ahead of Chhath festival in Patna.

Watch towers, police control rooms, water-barricading, road repair, medical units and emergency vehicles; drinking water facilities, and setting up of portable toilets and changing rooms were also being put in place for the convenience of hundreds of thousands of people who would be converging on nearly a hundred ghats in the district starting Sunday morning.

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