New Delhi: After a wait of two long years, Delhi is set to witness a state-wide festive fervour. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the Delhi Government will be making preparations for a grand Chhath celebration across 1100 sites in Delhi.
According to CM Arvind Kejriwal, back in 2014, the government spent a mere 2.5 crores on organising Chhath at 69 sites while this year, Chhath wil be celebrated at 1100 sites in Delhi with a budget of 25 crores. Arrangements such as LED screens, sound systems, power backup, drinking water, toilets, ambulances and first-aid will be done at all sites. Delhi Police will be roped in to take charge of safety and security and CCTVs will be installed all around the sites.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The whole nation will be celebrating Chhath on 30th-31st October. In Delhi too, we will all come together to pay obeisance and seek blessings from Chhathi Maiyya and Surya Bhagwan for the betterment and progress of the nation and our society. Due to the prevailing pandemic conditions over the last two years, the Delhi Government could not take up the large scale preparations it makes for community Chhath celebrations in Delhi and a lot of people had to celebrate at home only. However, since we have come to power, we have taken Chhath celebrations to a grand level in Delhi.”
CM Arvind Kejriwal continued, “Among our core responsibilities, we have prioritised safety and security of every citizen. To make this possible, we will be raking in the help of Delhi Police and installing CCTVs all around our Chhath Ghats. Besides this, like usual, we will be arranging for drinking water, sanitation, toilets, ambulances, first-aid, tents, furniture, sound systems, lighting, LED screens, among others. Even though Delhi enjoys a 24x7 power supply, we will be arranging for power backup at all sites to ensure there’s not a single hiccup in the festivities due to any fault or error.”
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also requested the residents of Delhi to wear masks during the celebrations. He says, "Please remember that even though the intensity of COVID-spread has decreased and fines have been withdrawn, COVID is still out there, please wear a mask when you set out to celebrate. Our health is our own responsibility as well. We must all ensure that we don’t fall sick due to any oversight.”