Yamuna’s ghats spruced up ahead of Chhath Puja

CM Arvind Kejriwal visits Hathi Ghat, says 114 more ghats would be open for celebrations.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Delhi | Published:November 16, 2015 2:01 am

Minutes before Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia arrived at Hathi Ghat at ITO Sunday to inspect preparations for Chhath Puja, sanitation workers were seen cleaning waste from the banks of the Yamuna.

At least 1.5 lakh people are expected to pour out on the banks of the ailing river to offer their prayers to the setting sun Tuesday evening. Kejriwal said an additional 114 ghats would be available for Chhath Puja celebrations this time, of the total 128 ghats in Delhi.

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Sanitation workers were seen pulling out plastic, cloth and other waste from the river Sunday afternoon while the Hathi Ghat was being cleaned and prepared for the celebrations. They also erected wooden barricades a few metres from

the river bank to prevent worshippers from stepping too deep into the river.

Despite the banks being cleaned, the contaminated water remained a dark shade of grey and gave off a stench that was hard to miss. “Fresh water will be released from the Munak Canal in Haryana and in a day or two this (contaminated) water will flow out. There will be clean water for performing the puja,” said Kejriwal.
Signs urging people to avoid throwing offerings into the river were also being put up at the ghat. In January, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had issued an order that a fine of Rs 5,000 would be imposed on anyone found throwing various items in the Yamuna, including religious offerings.

“It is true that people should not throw anything in the river. Cleaning the river is the government’s responsibility but to keep it clean is also the responsibility of citizens. Preparations for Chhath Puja are in full swing and it will be our endeavour to provide all the necessary facilities to the people,” said Kejriwal.

A senior official said that while NGT orders were binding, religious customs were a “sensitive” issue and the government could only request people not to release anything into the river, including puja offerings.

“The place will be secured with CCTV cameras and we will have enough personnel from both the police and the irrigation and flood department to ensure that the celebration goes on smoothly. We are also making the necessary arrangements for effective crowd management,” said a government official.

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  1. A
    arvind
    Nov 16, 2015 at 6:29 pm
    Good work by AAP.
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  2. R
    rohit shah
    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:22 am
    ITS TIME WE PROTECT OUR ONLY SOURCE OF WATER BODIES, and our surrounding enviroment for future generation. ITS 21 st century IT TIME YOUNG AND EDUCATED INDIAN HINDUS MUST ASK THEIR POLITICIANS AND HINDU HIGH PRIESTS TO ASK PEOPLE TO PRAY EITHER AT HOME OR IN TEMPLES OTHER WISE WE are destroying what little water bodies. WEMUST CHANGE WITH TIME. ITS SO IMPORTANT FOR HINDU MUST PRAY IN THE GHATS TO GET GOD BLESSING. THE SAME IS WITH CREMATION and Disposing the remains of human bodies after cremation into the river. THE RSS WILL DO GREAT SERVICE TO MOBLISE OPINION OF ALL THEIR SADHU Sadvi and HINDU HIGH PREIST TO GET PEOPLE TO USE CREMITORIUM TO CREMATE THE DEAD AND BURY THE ASH IN A SPECIALLY CREATED HINDU TOWER INSTEAD OF THROWING THE REMAINS INTO RIVER OR SEAS. Cremating with firewood is NOT SUSTAINABLE FOR LONG. LET BE MORE WISER TO EVER GROWING ISSUE.
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    masterji
    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:00 am
    arvind supporting himself :)
    Reply