Waterlogged grounds force organisers to call off celebrations at Gorwa

The event was called off for the day around 8:30 pm on Sunday as the ground could not be levelled.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:October 6, 2013 3:24 am

Even as the organisers of one of city’s biggest garba celebrations faced the flak from the police for allowing its patrons to line up their cars along the road outside the Gorwa grounds near Bhailal Amin Hospital during Saturday night’s festivities,leading to traffic snarls for two hours,the organisers called off the Sunday event due to water logging of the grounds.

The United Way of Baroda tried to level the ground until late in the evening,but the event was called off for the day around 8:30 pm on Sunday.

It may have been the biggest garba celebrations in the city,but for the people of Vadodara it spelled chaos,with the organisers failing to ensure that patrons’ cars were accomodated inside the grounds. The diversion and traffic restriction of around 2 km surrounding the ground,to allow heavy inflow of vehicles into the limited parking area of the organisers,resulted in acute traffic snarls.

Following the massive traffic jam that lasted for almost two hours on Saturday night,Vadodara traffic police were forced to sound a stern warning to United Way of Baroda to ensure more parking space for patrons without blocking the main road. The police had earlier on Sunday morning warned the organisers that they will be forced to stop the celebrations if it posed any further traffic problems.

The first day of Navratri celebrations on Saturday bore witness to a major traffic jam near the hospital. The traffic restrictions coupled with excessive honking made matters worse for several hospitals in the city,some of whom had called up the police control room to complain about it on Saturday night. This had forced the police to issue a warning to the organizers on Sunday.

Ironically,patrons had to park their vehicles on the road because the parking lot of the ground was waterlogged and muddy,owing to the sudden downpour. However,the ensuing traffic jam,with vehicles lining up for the garba celebrations right up to the Genda circle,has drawn a stern warning from the police.

ACP Traffic (Vadodara) S V Parmar said,“We had warned them that if they are unable to organize parking space for the patrons,their entry and exit without hindering the traffic flow,we will be forced to stop the celebration.”

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