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Divers to ensure safety in Chhath

Jamshedpur, Nov. 2: East Singhbhum district administration, corporate houses, civic bodies and NGOs have pulled up their socks with just two days to go for Chhath.

To prevent the reoccu-rrence of November 2006 episode when seven youths drowned at Gandhi Ghat, the East Singhbhum district administration has deputed divers and swimmers at dif-ferent ghats across the city where devotees throng during Chhath.

Corporate houses and NGOs are making other arrangements to ensure a safe and enjoyable festival.

General secretary of Jamshedpur Kendriya Durga Puja Committee Ram Babu Singh said they have six divers who would keep a watch on devotees who are expected to throng the ghats during the festival at Subernarekha ghat in Mango.

“The divers have been hired after consultating with the district administration. A watchtower would be erected at Subernarekha ghat like we had done during immersion of Durga idols this year. From the tower divers would keep an eye on the devotees. We want to ensure that all the devotees safely return back to their homes,” said Singh.

Along with the arrangements made by the organisations responsible for looking after the ghats, the administration would depute eight swimmers each at the ghats.

Special officer of Mango Notified Area Committee Jagdish Prasad Yadav said ghats near Jamshedpur Wo-rkers’ College, Chanakya-puri, Sai Suraj Ashram ghat and Shankosai ghat have been identified as danger zone, where the swimmers have been asked to be more attentive.

The swimmers would be provided inflated tube as they are not professional divers.

Besides, the administration is other measures also to ensure safety of devotees.

To prevent devotees from entering into the deep waters, the administration has decided to post red flags to demarcate the danger zone.

Apart from civic bodies, corporate houses, political parties and various NGOs are taking part in cleaning of the ghats. Jharkhand State Electricity Board and Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company would ensure the lighting arrangements at ghats along Subernarekha and Kharkai river.

According to Yadav, the levelling and cleaning work of Subernarekha ghats are complete and the civic body would spread bleaching powder from tomorrow.

“Work for cleaning the ghats is going on at war footing and would be complete in next two days. The administration has also taken up the work to level ghats before the festival. The corporate houses have already done their part in improving the condition ghats,” said Singh.

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