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Ramlila goes hi-tech as ‘evil’ takes on a new face

Breaking from tradition,an ‘FDI and price-rise Ravan’ will be slayed at a Ramlila event this year.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 24, 2012 1:02 am

Breaking from tradition,an ‘FDI and price-rise Ravan’ will be slayed at a Ramlila event this year.

After the capital saw hi-tech equipment being used at various Ramlilas across the city,organisers are planning to keep the audience enthralled with further “tech” surprises on Dussehra.

Thus,those visiting the Red Fort Ground on Wednesday will see an 85-foot tall effigy of Ravan. Rahul Sharma,press secretary of Nav Shri Dharmik Lila Committee,said,“We have got fireworks from Sivakasi. As soon as an arrow shot by Ram hits Ravan,a garland of fireworks will be lit up around the neck.”

At Ashok Vihar,a 50-foot tall effigy will stand next to those of Ravan,Kumbhakarn and Meghnath. “The fourth effigy symbolises price-rise,FDI in retail,terrorism and corruption. We will burn it along with the other characters from Ramayan,” Mahendra Nath Pal,Leader of the House,North Municipal Corporation,said.

Apart from this,the residents of Ashok Vihar will also take out a shobha yatra,signifying the return of Ram to Ayodhya. “Members of various cultural organisations of Ashok Vihar will participate in the yatra. Ram’s coronation ceremony will also be enacted on Dussehra,” Pal said.

While most organisers are using technology to woo the crowd to various performances,the Dussehra celebration at Ramlila Maidan next to Ajmeri Gate will stick to tradition.

“The celebration at Ramlila Ground is the oldest in the city. It attracts more than a lakh people every year. The Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi will shoot arrows at Ravan on Dussehra,” J P Aggrawal,chief patron of Ramlila Committee,said.

Many grounds have LED screens forming the backdrop of the stage. Projectors have been set up at various points on the ground so that Ramlila can be seen by all.

Traffic diversions on Dussehra

The Delhi traffic police has planned diversions to ensure smooth traffic flow on Dussehra. According to the arrangement,restrictions will be put in place on Netaji Subhash Marg,Nishad Raj Marg,New Darya Ganj Road,JLN Marg and Turkman Gate.

The diversions planned are from Yamuna Pusta Road towards Jaitpur from Kalindi Kunj,which will be made one-way. Traffic from Jaitpur side to Kalindi Kunj will be directed to Kachchi Colony Road.

On exit from Kalindi Kunj Ghat,vehicles will take a compulsory left turn at Jaitpur Pusta Road and use Kachchi Colony Road on Agra canal.

Traffic police as also identified the probable congestion points — around Red Fort ground,Parade Ground,Dangal Maidan,Old Delhi railway station,Wazirabad Sur Ghat,Chhath Puja Ghat,IP Estate and Eastern side of Yamuna. These are to be avoided,police said. Also,there will be limited parking space available around these areas.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said,“Commuters,especially those going to New Delhi,Old Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations; and Kashmere Gate ISBT,should leave homes well in advance to accommodate possible delays en-route. It is suggested that these people should avail public transport to minimise congestion.”

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