City clubs call off New Year Eve celebrations
Decision comes in wake of death of the Delhi gangrape victim; security measures in place
CHANDIGARH: Following the death of the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim, which sparked off widespread protests across the country, Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) and prominent clubs in the city have cancelled their New Year eve celebrations.
All the scheduled celebrations in CITCO hotels — Shivalik View, Mount View and Park View — have been called off. General manager, Mount View, Vijay Sharma said it would have been inappropriate to hold celebrations when the entire country is mourning death of the girl.
There will be no New Year eve celebrations in Chandigarh Golf Club, Chandigarh Club, Central Club, Chandigarh Press Club and Chandigarh Golf Association Range.
President of Chandigarh Golf Club, GS Sandhu said the members of the club were not in favour of celebrations and respecting their sentiments the management had called off the celebrations. The Piccadilly group has also called off New Year eve celebrations in its hotels and restaurants.
However, Gymkhana Club in Panchkula has decided to go ahead with scheduled celebrations. General secretary of the management committee of Gymkhana Club, Ashwani Sharma confirmed that the New Year parties will be held as per the plan. TIGHT SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS
The Chandigarh Police have put in place elaborate security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident on the New Year eve in the city.
More than 1,800 police personnel will be pressed into service and the police control room (PCR) cell will deploy PCR vans on all the important points in the city round-the-clock.
Giving details, DSP (PCR) Roshan Lal said tight security arrangements have been made in areas where clubs and hotels are situated, especially in Sector 26, Sector 35, Aroma light point and the Sector 17 Plaza.
PCR has also been assigned the job to ensure the closing of discotheques timely. Besides, PCR vans shall be available at visible points for public.
To put a check on drunk driving, a total of 25 anti-drunk driving 'nakas' will be laid across the city. The police have advised the public not to drive after consuming alcohol.
"We want the city residents to enjoy the New Year celebrations and expect cooperation from them in maintaining law and order," said Roshan Lal. JOURNALISTS FOR ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’
To express the commitment of the journalistic fraternity to stand by people during difficult times, the Chandigarh Press Club will organise a "candle lighting" ceremony on Monday.
All members, their families and friends, who wish to reiterate their dedication towards "zero tolerance" to injustice as well as crime against women and children, will participate in the event that begins on the club premises at 7: 30 pm on December 31.