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Protests in Patna over filthy Chhath ghats

Patna: Hundreds of people took to the streets and blocked roads here on November 14, to protest against the pathetic condition of the “ghats” (banks) along the Ganges ahead of Chhath — the most popular Hindu festival in the state, police said.

With less than a week to go for the four-day Chhath festival and no effort by the district administration to clean the filth and garbage collected at the ghats, people gathered on roads at Kurji, Digha and Durja (near the historic “Gol Ghar” in central Patna) and raised anti-government slogans.

The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes. The rituals include bathing at the river ghats and standing waist-deep in water for long periods of time.

“It is shocking that the ghats are still dirty and yet to be cleaned. Their condition is pathetic,” Sunil Kumar Singh, a resident of Digha said.