State Affairs

Unprecedented turnout at promenade for the New Year bash

PUDUCHERRY: As hundreds of thousands descended upon the promenade on the New Year’s eve, music set the mood for the celebrations to welcome 2018.

More than 100 volunteers including NCC cadets and Children Traffic Corps joined the Traffic police to direct the vehicles to the designated parking spaces, reports The Hindu.

Barricades sealed the White Town from all sides allowing only pedestrians to reach the promenade.

In a first, the Puducherry police deployed drones overhead the Promenade Beach as a crowd monitoring measure.

For the convenience of the public, Pondicherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) operated free bus services from the parking spaces to the beach road.

While the turnout for the events organised by hotels dropped due to entertainment tax, it spilled over to the promenade resulting in unprecedented footfalls this season.

The Department of Tourism coordinated with the Department of Art and Culture to organise events in different locations along the promenade allowing people to choose a comfortable spot along the beach road.

Director of Art and Culture S.Ganessin dropped by after sunset to take stock of the situation. Talking to The Hindu, he explained that at least nine cultural troupes have been invited to perform at three locations along the beach road.

“Five cultural teams including folk artistes and dancers from Odisha performed at the Gandhi Thidal. While two other teams performed near the Chief Secretariat office, two more took the stage at the Ambedkar Manimandapam,” he said.

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