CM promises long-term Chhath infrastructure

Delhi government on Wednesday said it will work on a long-term plan to improve infrastructure for Chhath puja, a major festival of Poorvanchalis.

At a meeting with representatives of Delhi Bhojpuri Samaj, chief minister Sheila Dikshit promised to come out with a long-term plan for improving facilities for Chhat Puja celebration.

The Delhi Bhojpuri Samaj submitted a memorandum to Dikshit listing a number of demands.

‘Government would definitely consider all demands and would do whatever is possible,’ said Dikshit. The chief minister said all required facilities will be put in place at the designated Chhat Ghats.

Government would also consider the proposal to revitalise the ghats which have not been used for years.

Dikshit said she would also request union rail minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to deploy more special trains to help Poorvanchalis go to their hometowns for pooja celebrations.

Parliamentary Secretary of Dikshit, Mukesh Sharma sought special trains from Delhi Cantonment station as large number of Poorvanchalis live in west Delhi.

Devotees flock to various ghats along the Yamuna to offer prayers to the Sun on Chhat Puja, which is celebrated in Delhi by an estimated 40-lakh-strong Poorvanchali population.

This year’s Chhat Puja will be celebrated on 18 November 18 and 19 November.

The Delhi government has already issued instruction to concerned agencies to make adequate facilities at important ghats along the Yamuna. Officials said tents will be erected near the ghats for convenience of the pilgrims. Delhi Police has been told to install CCTV cameras at the ghats in order to provide fool-proof security. Revenue department will bear the cost of installation of CCTVs.
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