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There will be no Chhath Puja celebrations at Ghats in Delhi this year.
There will be no Chhath Puja celebrations at Ghats in Delhi this year.

AAP government bans Chhath Puja celebrations at ghats in Delhi over coronavirus

  • The Chhath Puja is celebrated in the national capital in a big way by the natives of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh

The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has decided to ban community Chhath Puja celebrations at Ghats to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.

Earlier, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority(DDMA) has instructed officials to ensure that Chhath Puja this year is not performed at public places, river banks and temples in Delhi, citing the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in the national capital.

Ensure strict compliance

An order issued by Chief Secretary and DDMA executive committee chairman Vijay Dev issued directions to all district magistrates (DMs) and deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) for strict compliance and to encourage people to celebrate Chhath at their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It also directed the DMs and DCPs to hold meetings with religious and community leaders as well as Chhath Puja Samitis before the festival to get their cooperation to maintain law and order and harmony, and to sensitise the public on the compliance of the Covid-19 guidelines.

The coronavirus situation in Delhi was reviewed and it had been observed that there is a persistent rise in virus cases in the National Capital Territory of Delhi in the recent period, the order said.

“Considering this, it has been decided that Chhath Pooja celebrations in the month of November 2020 may not be allowed in public places and people may be advised to celebrate the festival at their home only," it added.

The Chhath Puja is celebrated in the national capital in a big way by the natives of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. The two-day festival, falling on 20, 21 November this year, involves worship of the Sun God at a water body like a river, pond or tank.

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