A barricade that has come up along the approach to Kapali ghat on Monday. (Bhola Prasad)
Swimmers and divers will be in action at major ghats of Jamshedpur during Durga Puja immersions with the East Singhbhum district administration deciding to leave nothing to chance in view of the swelling Subernarekha and the forecast of more rain.
Dhalbhum sub-divisional magistrate Prem Ranjan said on Monday that the administration had turned to Jamshedpur’s civil defence unit to deploy personnel of Mango-based SAKS Rescue and other trained swimmers on Dashami. “They will be on boats on the move constantly near the ghats, ready to rush to a spot in case of an emergency. The civil defence unit has been working in tandem with the rescue team,” Ranjan said, indicating that the administration had decided to discontinue the earlier practice of relying on local swimmers and fishermen.
Deputy chief warden (civil defence) and proprietor of SAKS Rescue Shakil Khan said that his team would be deployed in such a manner that members would be able to rush to any ghat in the shortest possible time.
“We are dividing the Subernarekha river bank into two zones. One team, comprising four swimmers and an underwater rescuer, will be deployed near Subernarekha ghat and take charge of Bhuiyandih and Baridih, while another five-member team, comprising four swimmers and an underwater rescuer, will be positioned in Kadma and Bistupur area,” Khan revealed.
The district administration would be conducting a final review of immersion ghats on October 10-11 to demarcate danger zones
“Danger zones would be barricaded using ropes and red flags to warn devotees against venturing near them. These zones would be clearly marked by October 13,” said Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Samiti secretary Rambabu Singh.
The samity, which is an umbrella organisation of 290 licensed Durga puja committees in Jamshedpur, had expressed concern over the swelling river banks leading to lesser number of immersion points.
There are 13 ghats for immersion of idols in the steel city. Subernarekha ghat would see the maximum number of immersions (120), followed by Pandey ghat (40) near Bhuiyandih.
Barricading has already been completed at Kapali (Kadma) and Bodhanwala ghat (Bistupur). The remaining ghats would be barricaded before October 14.
The district administration has also directed utilities company Jusco to arrange for lighting at immersion ghats with the help and support of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC).