Atishi, the Revenue Minister, visited Burari Ghat and assured that the froth in the Yamuna river will be gone in a day or two. The bubbly issue in the river has caused some tension between the AAP government and the BJP right before Chhath Puja, happening from November 17 to 20.
Officials from Delhi Jal Board (DJB) shared that they’re using a safe chemical, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to get rid of the foam in the Yamuna river. Last year, they sprayed the same chemical, and it’s good for the environment. Don’t worry, the frothy situation is only at Okhla barrage, not everywhere in the city. DJB is even sending water in tankers to the main ghats.
Minister Atishi, while checking out the ghats ready for Chhath Puja, assured that the government has done everything for a fantastic celebration – security, lights, and cleanliness are all taken care of! Also, she playfully responded to the BJP’s criticism, saying they’ve never organized a Chhath event, even when they were in charge.
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The Delhi BJP didn’t agree with the Minister’s plans for Chhath Puja. Dinesh Pratap Singh from the BJP said only a few ghats were made, and local puja groups had to do a lot of work themselves. Praveen Shankar Kapoor, a spokesperson for the Delhi BJP, called the Minister good at tricks and said their sample Chhath ghat at ITO West didn’t work well. The BJP thinks the government is not being honest with the Purvanchali community.
Purvanchalis are people who speak Bhojpuri and are from places like eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and parts of Jharkhand. Many of them live in Delhi and are a big group of voters.
The Chhath Puja ends on November 20, and on November 19, a lot of people will gather at the Yamuna ghats to pray. The Delhi Police are making sure everything goes smoothly by adding more officers, setting up special control rooms at railway stations, and creating a special helpline number.