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On pond watch ahead of Chhath
- Capital on clean-up mission before Nov. 19 festival

Deputy commissioner Vinay Kumar Choubey and Ranchi Municipal Corporation’s (RMC) chief executive officer Dipankar Panda inspected a number of water bodies in the city on Wednesday to take stock for Chhath.

Although the two officials found the ponds to be quite clean, they decided to order a thorough spruce-up, particularly of the banks, before November 19, when Chhath celebrations will start.

“The ponds are relatively clean if not completely spic and span. Yet, we will ensure a thorough clean-up for Chhath. Levelling of the banks will be carried out within next week,” Choubey told The Telegraph.

Two days ago, chief minister Arjun Munda, who wrapped up his Johar Jatra to Simdega, Gumla and Lohardaga on Wednesday, had asked deputy commissioners of all districts to ensure that ponds in their areas were cleaned for Chhath. The water bodies that the two officials visited in the state capital included Ranchi Lake, Karamtoli Talab, Line Tank Talab, Jail More Talab, Batan Talab, Hatania Talab and Kanke Lake.

Ranchi has nearly 30 big ponds, which witness a huge rush of Chhath vratis offering arghya to the setting and the rising sun. The other ponds are located in areas like Chutia, Bariatu, Morabadi, Doranda, Kokar et al.

All water bodies across the city were choking on remains of idols after Durga Puja immersion last month. The civic body had pressed 20 labourers into action in each pond to clear the garbage and transfer it to the dumping ground in Jhiri near Ratu with help of tractors. “Only the banks will require some levelling work with mud,” said an official, who accompanied the duo.