5L to throng Chhath ghats, 1k cops & drones to keep watch

  • | Sunday | 19th November, 2023

Ghaziabad: Around a thousand police personnel will be manning the streets near ghats where devotees would offer Chhath puja. More than 5 lakh people are expected to attend the puja across 123 locations in the city on November 19 and 20.Drones will be used to keep an eye on the major ghats like Hindon, Ganga canal, Vasundhara, Khoda, Tronica City, Sihani Gate, Kavi Nagar among others.Anti-romeo squads and 50 quick response teams will also be present on the ghats.Ghaziabads city area will have 28 ghats while the rural zones will have 41. Cops said around 10,000 people are expected at major ghats.Nipun Agarwal, DCP (city) said that Kavi Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Sihani Gate are major places where a huge crowd is expected. A total of 386 police personnel have been deployed in day and night shifts.Vivek Yadav, DCP (rural) said that over 600 police officers will be deployed and there will be several female police personnel as well as 20 quick response teams for additional safety.Shubham Patel, DCP (Trans-Hindon) said that in the Trans-Hindon area, 54 Chhath puja ghats have been made this year and each of the most popular ghats are expected to see a footfall of around 15,000 people.Places where a sizable crowd is anticipated will have fire tenders deployed.We also published the following articles recently50 ghats being built for Chhath, biggest of them in Noida stadiumMore than 50 temporary ghats are being set up in Noida and Ghaziabad for the Chhath festival, which begins on Friday. The largest ghat, measuring 150ft long and 60ft wide, is being built at the Noida stadium in Sector 21A. In addition to the ghats, smaller ponds will be created in various sectors of Noida and in villages such as Haraula, Baraula, Bhangel, and Salarpur. Security and safety arrangements have been made by local authorities and RWAs in collaboration with the respective communities.Police carry out anti-sabotage checks at city immersion ghatsSpecial Branch officers in Kolkata conducted anti-sabotage checks at major ghats along the Hooghly river in preparation for an upcoming international cricket match. The checks were carried out to ensure that no banned firecrackers were being carried during the immersion of idols. Despite the checks, traffic moved normally, thanks to extra deployment on the routes. However, there were complaints of DJ music being played during processions, which is prohibited during immersions in Kolkata.Over 900 ghats prepared for Chhath, other arrangements will be made: Saurabh BharadwajDelhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj announced that over 900 ghats have been prepared for the upcoming Chhath festival in Delhi. The festival, which involves fasting and offering arghya to the Sun God, will begin on November 17. The government is providing tents, lights, sound, and other facilities to ensure a pleasant experience for devotees. Chhath Puja is primarily celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh, and is observed by natives of these states living elsewhere. Due to pollution and river conditions, many families celebrate in parks and public places with temporary ghats.

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