GUWAHATI: The large number of Biharis who perform the Chhath Puja here, do so in the Brahmaputra. The local administration takes great pains to see that the worship of the sun is done in an orderly and safe manner.
The Kamrup (Metro) district administration has made elaborate arrangements for a peaceful Chhath Puja and a few places in the city have been earmarked as ‘places of worship’ during the celebrations.
These places are the bank of the Brahmaputra from Uzanbazar ghat to Bharalumukh, Chunsali, Pandu ghat, Maligaon Railway Stadium, Min Bhawan at Birubari, Basistha, Jyotikuchi, Narengi, Patharquarry, Azara and Chandrapur.
All puja committees have been directed to arrange sufficient numbers of volunteers, have proper lighting facilities including generators at the venues.
The Inland Water Transport Department has been directed to prohibit plying of private boats in Brahmaputra during the puja. It will also keep ready rescue boats to deal with any exigency.
Use of crackers has been prohibited at the puja spots.
Parking at Fancy Bazar ghat has been prohibited on October 26 and the district administration has also directed the DCP (Traffic) to restrict heavy vehicles on MG Road on that day.
Adequate number of security personnel, including lady police, will be deployed at the puja venues.
Arrangements have also been put in place for fire tenders, ambulances and drinking water facilities at the puja venues. A police control room will be set up at Fancy Bazar ghat.