NOIDA- As per the official notice by Delhi Government, all the schools, be it public or private, to remain closed on November 13, 2018 owing to the festive occasion of Chhath Puja. This year, the celebrations of Chhath Puja will start from the evening of November 13 and go on till the morning of November 14. Chhath Puja is basically the festival in which Sun god is worshipped and is celebrated on the sixth day of Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar. The beginning of this festival embarks a pleasant atmosphere all around. In Chhath Puja, the females give offerings to the setting sun and conclude the same by paying salutation to the rising sun.
It was earlier requested by the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister to the Lieutenant Governor that November 13 should be announced as a public holiday on the occasion of Chhath Puja.
The official from the private school also intimated about the holiday at schools.
Gopal Rai, Delhi Development Minister has done the inspection at Yamuna ghat near ITO and seen the preparations of the festival.
Mr Rai quoted that the AAP government has done the arrangements for Chhath Puja at about one thousand places in city.
The development minister, the senior officers of irrigation and flood control department, Delhi Jal Board and revenue department have also made the inspection of Haathi Ghat near ITO in New Delhi.
The government stated that there were merely 60 ghats before the AAP government came into power. Now, about 1000 ghats have been formed at the banks of Yamuna river for Chhath Puja.
There are about 40 lakh numbers of ‘Poorvanchali’ voters belonging to eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and they have a vital role at the time of Delhi elections.
The Government of the Aam Aadmi Party had announced last year a special financial provision in the budget of 2017-18 for establishing the large numbers of Chhath ghats all over the city.
In the meantime, the Delhi Traffic Police has published an advisory pertaining to the special traffic restrictions and arrangements for Chhath Puja on November 13 and 14.
The police have recommended the commuters to stay away from the roads like Wazirabad Bridge, Outer Ring Road from Mukarba Chowk to Chandgi Ram Akhara, roads near ISBT Kashmere Gate, Kalindi Kunj Bridge and Pushta Road (Khajoori/Shastri Park) especially on the days of Chhath Puja.