BHOPAL: State government is handling religious affairs with all the caution after facing embarrassment in Ujjain during Shanishchari Amavasya. Chief secretary and his team visited Ujjain on Sunday to inspect arrangements for Makar Sakranti. Arrangements are also being made at other places where fair are held on occasion of the festival. Chief Secretary SR Mohanty after reviewing arrangements said that permanent arrangements should be made to release Narmada water into Kshipra river not only for Makar Sankranti festival but other Snan parvs too. The concerned department must shoulder its responsibility with complete coordination to undertake these works. No negligence will be tolerated in these works, said Mohanty.
CS Mohanty visited Kshipra’s Triveni Ghat, Shani temple and Ramghat at Ujjain on Sunday and took stock of arrangements made for devotees for Makar Sankranti festival at these places. Mohanty directed the administration that best arrangements should be ensured for devotees for holy dip and darshan at various ghats. In a meeting, CS Mohanty gave instructions to the officers that the district administration should take strict action to prevent water theft from Gambhir river. Special attention should be paid on sanitation at ghats. Water of Gambhir river should only be released into Kshipra river if it is essential. He directed that water of Gambhir river should be kept reserved completely for drinking purpose of Ujjain city.
Additional Chief Secretary Water Resources RS Julaniya, ACS Narmada Valley Development Rajnish Vaish, Principal Secretaries Pramod Agrawal and Vivek Agrawal besides other senior officers of the division were present during the inspection. On the other hand, all preparations were made also at Barman Ghat in Narsinghpur district where annual fair is organised at Makar Sakranti. Collector Deepak Saxena said that all arrangements have been made for the occasion.