After toxic foam was seen floating on the surface of the river Yamuna in Delhi ahead of the Chhath Puja festival, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has claimed that it has put all its strength into the Puja preparations.
“Chhath Ghats are being built in every ward with the help of AAP councilors. Apart from this, adequate lighting arrangements are being made there,” the AAP said.
So far, the MCD said it has built Chhath Ghats in 100 wards and said 80 to 90 percent of the work of constructing ghats in other wards has also been completed. Further, a sum of Rs 40,000 has been released to every ward to make lighting arrangements at the Chhath Ghats.
In view of the Chhath festival, the MCD has also launched a special cleaning campaign in all the parks and around the ghats. “Arrangements for parking of devotees’ vehicles have also been made around Chhath Ghats. With this, their vehicles will also be safe and chaos will not spread around Chhath Ghats,” Mayor Oberoi said.
Fogging is currently taking place at the MCD Chhath Ghats to protect the devotees from mosquito-borne diseases and continuous fogging will be done till the Chhath festival, according to the Mayor’s office.
“Ghat construction work in other wards will be completed by tomorrow,” Mayor Shelly Oberoi said in her statement to the press. According to Oberoi, MCD had done this keeping the safety and security of women and children in mind.
“Lights have been installed around the ghats in all the wards… so that there is no inconvenience of any kind… Street lights have been installed from the approach road to Chhath Ghat,” she further added.
Meanwhile, MCD Leader of Opposition, Raja Iqbal Singh accused the MCD of not making sufficient preparations for the upcoming Chhath Puja
“Due to the delayed preparations at Chhath Ghats, devotees may face inconvenience on the day of Chhath Puja…a large number of people from Purvanchal reside in Delhi, and Chhath Puja is a significant festival for them,” he said.