A Garga ghat chokes on garbage in Bokaro on Thursday. (Pankaj Singh)
Three days to go for Chaath and the Coal Belt is yet to get ghats spruced up save Bokaro where only the ponds within city limits are ready for the big day.
All major ponds in Dhanbad are still grappling with puja immersion debris. In Bokaro, the ghats along Garga river, the main attraction for devotees, are in a mess.
Tall promises made by Dhanbad Municipal Corporation and the district administration notwithstanding, most of the ponds in Dhanbad and Jharia are still full of slush and filth. Bekar Bandh, Vikas Nagar Chhath pond, Rajendra Sarovar, Rani Bandh Talab, Dhaiyya Talab, Manaitand Chhath Talab and Loco Tank in Dhanbad, Pampu Talab in Barmasia, Koeri Bandh, Hetli Bandh and Raja Talab in Jharia resemble garbage dumps even now.
Even as late as 1pm on Thursday, almost all the ponds in and around the coal capital boasted floating plastic bags and garbage on the banks.
However, Dhanbad mayor Indu Singh claimed that by Friday all the ponds would be clean and ready for vratis who would not face any problems. No effort will be spared to clean all tanks. I have already asked DMC administrator B.P.L. Das and all three sanitary inspectors to visit the ponds personally and submit reports, the mayor said.
She added she too would inspect the ponds on Friday.
Executive officer of Jharia, Katras and Sindri circle of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, Brijnandan Ram on Thursday inspected the ponds in his jurisdiction and promised that all would be clean by Friday.
Dhanbad deputy commissioner Parshant Kumar promised to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, the Bokaro steel plant town administration department as well as district administration embarked on massive preparations to clean the 10 main ponds in the steel hub and seven ghats along Garga river where more than 2 lakh people will assemble on November 19 and 20 to offer Chhath prayers.
Though the ponds within Bokaro city are clean, the ghats along Garga river, specially those in Chas township, are still not clean, prompting a few NGOs to lend a hand to spruce them up.
Bokaro deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar on Thursday directed Chas municipality officers as well as SDO Sanjay Singh to see to it that none of the ghats, especially those between Garga dam and Chira Chas, remained unclean.
Kumar has also asked officials to ensure cleanliness drives at Bermo, Nawadih, Petarwar, Kasmar, Gomia, Tenughat, Chandrapura and Chandankyari.