Ahead of Chhath Puja next month, the Delhi government has sought a list of existing and proposed ghats from the Revenue and Irrigation & Flood Control departments by September 15. Development Minister Gopal Rai today held a meeting, attended by several MLAs and officers concerned, to review preparations of Chhat Puja ghats. In the meeting, Rai directed the Irrigation and Flood Control department to finish the work of setting up all temporary ghats in the city by October 20. An official said the department was also directed to start the work of constructing around 50 permanent Chhath ghats by September 25. "It was decided that departments concerned will prepare a combined list of Chhat Puja ghats, consisting of ghats where the puja was offered last year and the additional sites proposed by the MLAs, by September 15," the official said. The minister told the departments that all the temporary and permanent ghats should be ready in time for the festival and no additional ghats should be added without informing the MLAs concerned. There were around 300 ghats at the time of Chhath festival last year.
Some of them are permanent structures. During Chhath, observed mainly by people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, devotees offer prayers to the Sun God.
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