Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot today held a review meeting on the preparedness of Chhath Puja in Delhi. The meeting was also attended by Burari MLA Shri Sanjiv Jha, Divisional Commissioner and all the District Magistrates in Delhi.
This year, the Delhi Government is organising the Chatth Puja at 1100 sites all over Delhi. During the meeting, the Revenue Minister directed the department to ensure that the devotees should not face any inconvenience. He also directed the officers concerned to ensure smooth management and organisation at all the 1100 sites of the Chhath Puja Celebration in Delhi.
To ensure transparency, Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot instructed all DMs to share the list of new sites that are being added with local MLAs. All DMs were further instructed to share geo-locations of all sites compulsorily.
Further, the Divisional Commissioner directed all DMs to share the list of the top 5 sites which are expected to have the most gathering. The DMs were advised to manage logistics in a manner that the Yamuna river bank is barricaded and artificial ponds are created in a proper way ensuring pollution-free celebration.
In Delhi, the Revenue Department is the nodal department for the celebration of Chhath Puja in a safe, secure and eco-friendly manner with full festivity. The Revenue Department will make the necessary arrangements for tentage and electrical items such as tents, chairs, tables lighting, sound system, CCTV, LED screens, power backup and so on at all the 1100 Puja sites. Furthermore, the Revenue Department will ensure the provision for the other required facilities in coordination with other departments of the Delhi Government such as the Irrigation & Flood Control Department (I&FC) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for clean water arrangements, Health Department for primary health services and deployment of Ambulance, DUSIB for Mobile Toilet Vans (MTVs) and with agencies such as Delhi Police and CDV for safety & security, Traffic Police for Traffic Management and MCD/NDMC for sanitation and cleanliness.
Delhi Government has grown the celebration of Chhath Puja from 69 sites in 2014 to a whopping 1100 sites and increased the budget 10 times from 2.5 Crore in 2014 to approx. 25 Crore this year to facilitate lakhs of devotees in offering their prayers on Chhath.
After the meeting, Revenue Minister of Delhi Shri Kailash Gahlot tweeted “Today I had a meeting with the Divisional Commissioner and District Magistrates and took stock of all the preparations related to Chhath Puja. I have instructed them to make necessary arrangements at all the ghats including Yamuna so that the devotees do not face any problems. Under the able leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, We are committed to organise an unprecedented Chhath Puja all over Delhi.”