GOOD TRIUMPHED over evil at Dusshera celebrations at many places in the city, but there was no victory over the traffic chaos after the celebrations ended. Vehicles slowed to walking pace and tempers frayed outside all the venues, including Sector 29-31 roundabout, Chandigarh-Zirakpur Road and Sector 35. The roads dividing Sector 45-46 and Sector 46-47 were in gridlock and took over 35 minutes to ease off.
While parking lots were earmarked at different places, Ram’s victory over Ravana ended, as it does every year, with a free-for-all on the roads. Dussehra was celebrated at 37 locations in the city, the major ones at Sector 17, 27, 32, 29 and Manimajra. People were out in their thousands to watch the “victory of good over evil” at all these locations.
Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore was the chief guest at Sector 46. Badnore attended three Dussehra celebration events at Sector 17, 46 and 48 in Chandigarh. The Tricity’s tallest Raavan – 85 ft – went up in flames in Sector 46. Before burning the effigies of Ravaan, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad at the Sector 46 ground, those present at the ground paid homage to the soldiers who died in the Uri terror attack.
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Four drones showered flowers the audience. Also, the committee set up TV sets in the markets so that people who could not make it to the venue were able to see the event which was being aired on some channels, as arranged by the organisers. The burning of effigies in the Tricity has cost nearly Rs 80 lakh. Meanwhile, in Sector 27, the effigies were set on fire through a remote control. People were seen taking selfies with the characters of Ramleela.