While Arvind Kejriwal tweeted last week that Chhath will be celebrated as usual on the ghats of Yamuna in Delhi, Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Wednesday warned the chief minister of “misleading and premature publicity” as celebrations have been authorized only at designated ghats.
LG Saxena approved Chhath Puja at designated ghats on the banks of Yamuna in Delhi, asked CM Kejriwal to ensure clean ghats and water for the devotees and warned the chief minister of “misleading and premature publicity”, in violation of Kejriwal’s tweet of October 21 that suggested that Chhath Puja is allowed on all ghats of Yamuna.
However, the LG approved proposal to hold Chhath Puja was specific to designated Ghats. LG has instructed Revenue and Environment Departments to ensure strict enforcement of NGT’s orders regarding pollution in Yamuna.
Meanwhile, the state government in Bihar has requested the Ministry of Railways to run more special trains to allow people who come to the state for Chhath Puja celebrations to travel worry-free. The Indian Railways had recently announced that it would run 211 special trains to Chhath Puja this year for the convenience of travelers.
Top Updates On Chhath Puja 2022 Celebrations
-Delhi CM says Chhath should be celebrated as before, LG asks not to mislead him
Days after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Chhath Puja in Delhi will be celebrated as before on the banks of Yamuna, LG Saxena asked the CM not to mislead as only permission has been given for celebration at designated ghats.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted on Oct. 21: “Chhath Puja will be celebrated as before on the ghats of Yamuna. All officers have been ordered that all arrangements will be made to ensure that Yamuna is not contaminated.”
के घाटों पर पहले की तरह छठ पूजा मनायी जायेगी। अधिकारियों को आदेश दिये गये हैं कि यमुना प्रदूषित ना हो, ये सुनिश्चित करने के लिए सभी प्रबंध किए जाएँगे।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 21, 2022
That same day, an official statement said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has approved Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot’s proposal to allow the celebration of Chhath Puja at 1,100 ghats along the Yamuna in Delhi.
LG Saxena on Wednesday approved Chhath Puja at designated ghats on Yamuna and asked CM Kejriwal to provide clean ghats and water for the devotees. LG warned Arvind Kejriwal about misleading and premature publicity
LG Saxena has instructed the Revenue and Environment Departments to ensure strict enforcement of the NGT’s orders regarding pollution in Yamuna.
Politics About Chhath Puja Celebrations
Last year, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had allowed Chhath Puja celebrations only in designated locations in the city and not on the banks of the Yamuna River, a decision that had sparked a political spat with the BJP that the AAP-led Delhi government of “insulting” Purvanchalis.
Chhath Puja is connected to Delhi politics as it is mainly celebrated by Purvanchalis – Bhojpuri-speaking residents of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar settled in Delhi – who make up more than 30 percent of the city’s population.
According to a study by the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, people from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would be in the majority in 16 of the capital’s 70 congressional seats, making Chhath Puja a great opportunity for political parties to connect. with an important voice bank.
Chatth Puja is traditionally celebrated by offering water to the ‘sun god’ and no other material needs to be offered or immersed in rivers, canals and ponds.
-Bihar Govt asks for more special trains for Chhath Puja
The government of Bihar on Tuesday requested the Ministry of Railways to run more special trains to ensure that people who come to the state for the Chhath Puja celebrations can travel smoothly. The Indian Railways had recently announced that it would run 211 special trains to Chhath Puja this year for the convenience of travelers.
Secretary of State Amir Subhani spoke to senior officials at the Ministry of Railways on Tuesday, urging them to run more special trains from various cities of the country to Bihar to help ease the crowds ahead of the festival, a statement from the government said. Cabinet of the Chief Minister. here.
Chhath Puja has a special significance in Bihar as people here celebrate the festival with pomp and ceremony. The request was made to the Center as people across the country are currently returning to their homes in Bihar, a senior CMO official said.
-Delhi Civic Body allocates Rs 40,000 per ward to increase street lighting in Chhath Ghats
Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) has allocated Rs 40,000 per ward to increase street lighting in Chhath ghats, it said in a statement last Friday. The funds will be allocated to two ghats per department.
“The Delhi Municipal Corporation has allocated Rs 40,000 per ward for improving street lighting in Chhath Puja ghats. These funds will be provided to two ghats per department. The amount will be used to strengthen street lighting in and around Chhath ghats,” the statement said. The electrical department of the MCD will deploy its employees as soon as possible to complete the work.
When will Chhath be celebrated this year?
Chhath is celebrated on October 30 and 31. It includes offering “arghya” to the sun god by fasting women in knee-deep water. The festival is extremely popular among Purvanchalis – people belonging to Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh – who live in Delhi.
Tents will be set up in all ghats in Delhi and civil defense volunteers will be deployed at Chhath puja sites to avoid inconvenience to the devotees.
The revenue department is the hub for Chhath Puja arrangements in Delhi and all other government and public bodies are working closely together to make Chhath Puja a success, officials said.
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