City clubs call off New Year Eve cel­e­bra­tions

De­ci­sion comes in wake of death of the Delhi gan­grape vic­tim; se­cu­rity mea­sures in place

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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.

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