New Delhi, India, Nov 16, 2023 - To facilitate a smooth Chhath Puja for celebrants, the Delhi Police has implemented various measures, including deploying extra forces, establishing specialized control rooms at two key railway stations in the national capital, and introducing dedicated helpline numbers.
The four-day festival, during which devotees observe fasting and present 'arghya' to the Sun God on the last two days, is set to commence on Friday.
Senior officials have announced the deployment of additional personnel, including women from the Railway Protection Force, Government Railway Police jawans, as well as scouts and guides.
Their role is to effectively manage crowds at various railway stations and assist people in reaching their respective platforms during Chhath Puja celebrations.
"A special control room has been set up at Anand Vihar and New Delhi railway stations to manage crowds and avoid untoward incidents. Besides that, helpline numbers have also been made public. No one will be allowed to breach law and order," PTI quoted a senior police officer as saying.
Additionally, doctors, ambulances, and mobile toilets have been made accessible at both railway stations and bus stands, ensuring the availability of essential services during the Chhath Puja celebrations, according to the official statement.
In anticipation of a large gathering of Chhath Puja celebrants at the banks of the Yamuna River on Friday, the Delhi Police has also taken measures to make necessary arrangements in that area.
These preparations encompass the deployment of extra forces and divers, along with the implementation of adequate fencing and barricading to ensure the safety and organization of the Chhath Puja celebrations at the Yamuna River banks.
Deputy commissioner of police (northeast) Joy Tirkey stated that a significant deployment of women police personnel will be in place to ensure the safety and security of women during the Chhath Puja celebrations.
Chhath ghats have been established at various locations, including the ITO bridge, Kalayanwas, Kondli canal, Mayur Vihar Phase-III, Wazirabad ghat, Ashok Nagar-Hindon cut canal, Bhalswa Jhil, Model Town, Jahangirpuri Jheel, Surya Ghat, Kudesiya Ghat, Sonia Vihar, Geeta Colony, Kalindi Kunj, Mangolpuri, Nagarwan Park, and Sagarpur. These setups are intended to facilitate the Chhath Puja rituals.
"We are fully prepared to welcome all the devotees. We were already in contact with the organizers to understand what their needs are. According to their needs, we are making arrangements. If need be, we will request additional forces," a senior central Delhi police officer said.
As of Tuesday, Delhi minister Saurabh Bharadwaj announced that over 900 ghats have been readied for the Chhath festival.
Devotees can expect amenities such as tents, light and sound systems, and other facilities to enhance their experience during the celebration.
Chhath Puja is commemorated six days after Diwali and is predominantly observed in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh.
Additionally, it is celebrated by the diaspora of these states residing in various parts of the country and around the world.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
About Delhi Police:
The Delhi Police, is the main law and order agency for the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT). It does not have jurisdiction over the adjoining areas of the National Capital Region.
Published: Friday, November 17, 2023
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