New Yr revelry in Puducherry beneath cloud of uncertainty whilst preparations on in full swing- The New Indian Specific

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PUDUCHERRY: The grand New Yr celebrations deliberate in Puducherry at the moment are beneath a cloud of uncertainty following the primary two confirmed instances of Omicron right here, whilst elaborate preparations are in full swing. In contrast to in earlier years, this yr the festivities have been deliberate for 2 to 3 days, because the New Yr falls on a weekend and individuals who come to Puducherry are anticipated to remain again and depart on Sunday (January 2).

The massive New Yr revelries at open air occasions are being organised in at the least six locations with nationally famend bands and different stay performances. The most important one is at Previous Port the place at the least 2000 to 3000 persons are anticipated to assemble on the three days of the occasion — December 30, 31 and January 1 — say the organisers. To draw extra members, standard cine star Sunny Leone has been roped in to carry out as DJ.

Apart from such occasions at Seaside Marina, Solar Dunes Seaside in Pudukuppam, Chamber of Commerce premises on Bussy Road, Sea Gulls in Chunambar and close to the Previous Distillery, a number of seashore resorts like Resort Ashok and different motels are anticipated to attract reasonable crowds of 1000 to 2000. As well as, some motels are additionally internet hosting in-house occasions for his or her visitors, which will even appeal to members. Apart from, the Puducherry tourism division is organising 4 cultural occasions on Seaside Street for the general public who largely collect right here to usher within the New Yr.

Eating places and small motels that don’t have licences to serve liquor have additionally utilized for a particular licence (FL3 licence). About 40 functions have been acquired for FL3 licence, Deputy Commissioner (Excise) T Sudhakar instructed TNIE. A number of functions are for 2 days (December 31 and January 1) and one or two for 3 days (December 30, 31 and January 1) in sharp distinction to earlier years, when the functions have been for under a day — December 31.

Since Puducherry is the one main vacation spot internet hosting New Yr occasions in South India, the city is brimming with vacationers and automobiles and there could be extra by December 30 and 31. Already, motels and visitor homes are booked for the New Yr weekend, stated Anand Gandhiraj, Treasurer of Resort Affiliation of India. The vast majority of guests are from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and a few from different states in Northern India.

Whereas the federal government is trying to earn a considerable income, the Omicron instances have put the celebrations beneath a cloud of uncertainty. Well being consultants say it’s the tip of the iceberg as there could possibly be a number of instances already among the many neighborhood, since these two individuals have examined constructive within the first week of December and solely now their an infection because of the Omicron variant has been confirmed. The arrival of vacationers may additionally spark Omicron instances.

Already elaborate preparations are within the ultimate phases to place up the stage, decorations, lighting  sitting, meals and drinks preparations and it could be too late to cancel the occasions. Plenty of investments have been made by the organisers and final minute cancellation may result in chaos, stated sources within the authorities.

Nevertheless, a number of political leaders together with Chief of Opposition and state DMK Convenor R Siva, AIADMK East Secretary and former MLA A Anbazhagan and former Chief Minister V Narayanasamy have urged the federal government to cancel the New Yr celebrations. Some activists are additionally planning to maneuver the Madras Excessive Court docket.

Not solely do the New Yr celebrations pose a risk for proliferation of Omicron instances, however so do the Worldwide Yoga pageant from January 4 to 7 and Nationwide Youth Competition from January 12 to 16 being hosted in Puducherry.

Chief Minister N Rangasamy who heads the State Catastrophe Administration Authority (SDMA) mentioned the state of affairs with Well being Director Dr G Sriramulu and Tourism Secretary Vikranth Raja and different officers on Tuesday. The ultimate determination rests with the Chief Minister, SDMA and Lt Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundarajan, stated Puducherry Tourism Minister Ok Lakshminarayanan.

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