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Guwahati gears up for Chath Puja

Ferry service on the Brahmaputra river will be suspended during the festival beginning on November 7.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2005 22:13 IST

The Guwahati city administration is in the process of making unprecedented preparations for the city's celebration of Chath, the biggest festival of the Bihari community.

According to additional deputy commissioner Zakir Hussain, ferry service on the Brahmaputra will be suspended during the festival beginning on November 7.

With the authorities expecting a large number of people to gather in various parts of the city, police units would be placed across Guwahati including Noonmati, Ambari, Uzan bazaar, Bharalumukh and Hatigaon, Hussain said.

Apart from an elaborate security and traffic bandobast, which includes the changing of a number of routes, rescue teams would also be placed all along the Brahmaputra where the community gathers to offer puja, Hussain added.

A number of watchtowers would also be constructed to ensure the safety of people as the rituals included offering puja in rivers. The administration would also engage a number of rescue boats on the river for the safety of the people.

The number of people celebrating Chath in Guwahati has grown manifold over the past few years with thousands of people thronging the banks of the Brahmaputra during the annual festival.

First Published: Nov 04, 2005 22:13 IST