Delhi Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gopal Rai in­spects Ch­hath Puja ghats

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NEW DELHI: With barely four days left for Ch­hath Puja, Delhi Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Gopal Rai on Fri­day in­spected a Ya­muna ghat in North Delhi and took stock of prepa­ra­tions for the fes­ti­val. Ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment, 1,000 ghats are be­ing set up along the banks of river Ya­muna for Ch­hath Puja, a ma­jor fes­ti­val of peo­ple from Bi­har, Eastern Ut­tar Pradesh and Jhark­hand.

The AAP gov­ern­ment had set up 565 ghats last year but this year 1,000 ghats are be­ing set up. The Ch­hat Puja will be cel­e­brated on 13 No­vem­ber.

The devel­op­ment min­is­ter was ac­com­pa­nied by se­nior of­fi­cers of ir­ri­gation and flood con­trol depart­ment, Bu­rari MLA Sanjeev Jha and Chair­man of Delhi Re­li­gious Com­mit­tee Ka­mal Bansal. The min­is­ter in­spected the ITO Ch­hat Ghat and Kude­sia Ghat at Kash­mari Gate. The min­is­ter has di­rected the de­part­ments con­cerned to start pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties like tents at all ghats from to­mor­row,” a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

The of­fi­cial said that a mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tee has also been con­sti­tuted to look af­ter the prepa­ra­tions of Ch­hath ghats. Delhi has around 40 lakh ‘Poor­van­chali’ vot­ers, hail­ing from eat­sern Ut­tar Pradesh and Bi­har, who play a key role in elec­tions. Ear­lier this year, the AAP gov­ern­ment had made a spe­cial fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sion in the 2017-18 Bud­get for set­ting up suf­fi­cient num­bers of Ch­hath ghats across the city.

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