With aim to provide safe journey to Kanwarias (Shiv devotees) who are scheduled to arrive in Ghaziabad on July 30 and to avoid any kind of untoward incidents during the holy season, the Ghaziabad district administration has scrapped temporary bath places (snan ghat) on Upper Ganges Canal (UGC).
Taking stock of the situation the Ghaziabad district magistrate (DM), Ritu Maheswari, conducted a survey on the canal and directed irrigation department engineers to take all possible steps to stop shiv devotees to take dip in UGC and make the walking path on the Chaudhary Chahan Singh Kanwar Marg accident proof.
Taking steps on the DM’s directions, the irrigation department Executive Engineer Ashutosh Kumar barricaded 10 bridges across the canal from Murad Nagar to Manglore near Roorkee and installed net around the bridges. Kumar said “ no temporary bath places would be allowed on UGC. So nets have been erected around the bridges to stop them jumping in canal. Further the side banks of canal have been barricaded near the bridges to stop them to enter in the river.
The rest places made on the service road of UGC which had been converted in to a walking path as Chaudhary Chahan Singh Kanwar Marg (CCKM) for Shiv devotees, would be made for their comfort, food and toilet facilities would be provided for them on these points added Executive Engineer Of irrigation department. The temporary lighting arrangements have been made for their night stay during night hours added the engineer.
In addition to make arrangements on UGC, the Ghaziabad DM had has geared up its machinery to make the National Highway-58 (NH 58) hassle free for kanwarias who are expected to reach Ghaziabad for water immersion on lord shiva on July 30, via these two routes from Haridwar this year added the DM Ghaziabad. Light arrangements, toilets, food and medical facilities have been ensured for their comfort while traveling from Haridwar to Ghaziabad and onward.