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Cleanliness eludes festivity

Motihari is geared up for Chhath with security, doctors, emergency drugs and ambulance services in place near the ghats on the Motijheel lake. If anything is missing, it is cleanliness.

In fact, annoyed at the pace of cleanliness undertaken by the Motihari municipality, residents have started cleaning up ghats with funds from public donation.

Rituals associated with Chhath began with Nahay Khay on Wednesday. But, the residents are annoyed as hyacinths clog the lakes.

After inspecting ghats during his Seva Yatra in April last year, the chief minister had issued directions for beautification of the ghats and removal of encroachments to make it a tourist spot. But the state of cleanliness leaves much to be desired.

The nagar parishad is engaged in cleaning up the ghats, Motihari Nagar Parishad chief councillor Prakash Asthana said. I am confident everything will fall in place before arghya is scheduled, he further said.