The Telegraph
Tuesday , July 3 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

CM pep talk on Shravani Mela

Ranchi, July 2: Chief minister Arjun Munda today directed the Deoghar district administration to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply during the month-long Shravani Mela beginning Wednesday.

While reviewing the mela preparations over video conferencing, Munda, who is nursing injuries sustained in a helicopter crash, ordered the district administration to ensure that non-functional transformers were replaced and 10 new ones kept as reserve to meet any eventuality.

Terming the festival as Jharkhand’s pride, he asked the administration, doctors, public representatives and NGOs to be sensitive towards problems of devotees, adding that his government was making serious efforts to provide air connectivity to Deoghar and Parasnath.

Deoghar deputy commissioner Rahul Purwar said the mela area had been divided into three zones, while 18 administrative camps, 20 emergency service camps, 19 information centres and seven additional drinking water centres had been set up for convenience of devotees.

Minority welfare minister Haji Hussain Ansari, Rajya Sabha member J.P.N. Singh, Sarath MLA Shashank Shekhar Bhokta, zilla parishad representatives, municipal and senior officials of the Deoghar district administration were present in Deoghar while the chief minister interacted with them online.

Munda, who was assisted by chief secretary S.K. Choudhary, development commissioner Debashish Gupta, urban development secretary N.M. Kulkarni and his principal secretary D.K. Tiwari, also promised to visit Deoghar after he recovered.

The chief minister also held a meeting with Deoghar district planning committee and approved construction of 20 panchayat bhavan buildings and 250 anganbari centres under the backward region grants fund.

Necessary directions were also issued for improving drainage and sewage systems and solid waste management at the back of a Deoghar municipal corporation master plan for beautifying 44 villages for which the Centre had agreed to offer necessary assistance.

He also asked officials to go ahead with a plan to develop a queue complex to regulate flow of devotees on the temple premises.

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