Deputy commissioner Manish Ranjan on Friday inspected reservoirs of the city and their surroundings to check if they were clean and suitable for Chhath.
Ranjan asked officials to smooth out uneven areas with sand to save vratis trouble. The deputy commissioner, who inspected Hazaribagh lakes with subdivisional officer (sadar) Rachna Bhagat, also the municipal board in-charge, said stony surfaces and boulders should be covered with sand immediately.
He also directed Bhagat to use bleaching powder on drains and slushy areas as well as install lights.
Apart from Hazaribagh lakes, the vratis will go to other key reservoirs — Chhath Talab, Okni Talab, Meetha Talab, Budhwa Mahadev Talab, Par Nala pond and Khazanchi Talab.
Ranjan also directed civil surgeon Vinay Kumar to keep ambulances ready at all seven reservoirs in the town.
He also ordered officials of district fisheries department to deploy swimmers and safety boats.
“I have requested both Jharkhand State Electricity Board and the drinking water and sanitation department for uninterrupted power and water supply during this festival,” he said.
Ranjan also gave Rs 1.30 lakh to drinking water and sanitation department to maintain pumps and other equipment at Charwa Dam to ensure adequate water supply.
The dam supplies drinking water to more than four lakh people everyday.
The DC also asked Bhagat to serve a showcause on municipal board junior engineer Uday Chandra and withhold his salary for not doing his work properly.