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All slots fully booked, 40 pc bookings made by people from outside Tricity, says Adviser

“We have received a tremendous response. The moment we opened the app for the public, within few hours, the slots were all booked. Many are coming to see the show from different states,” Pal said.

Dharam PalChandigarh Adviser Dharam Pal. (File)

All 35,000 slots each for Thursday and Saturday were booked within few hours of reservation opening for the much-awaited air show at the Sukhna Lake, said Chandigarh Adviser Dharam Pal adding that every person has been given 6 square feet area to watch the show.

The Adviser specified that 40 per cent bookings of all the 70,000 slots were made by people from outside the Tricity.

“We have received a tremendous response. The moment we opened the app for the public, within few hours, the slots were all booked. Many are coming to see the show from different states,” Pal said.

He added, “A special team had measured and made slots for people under which every person would be given a six square feet area to witness the show.”

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CTU bus service to be affected today

As 400 CTU  (Chandigarh Transport Undertaking) buses were deployed for ferrying visitors to the Air Show venue of Sukhna Lake, the frequency of CTU buses will be affected on Thursday.

Officials said that major bus stops — PGI, GMSH-16, GMCH-32, ISBT-17 and ISBT-43 — will not be affected much but waiting time at these stops will definitely increase. Director (Transport) Pradhuman Singh said, “The CTU bus service will be normal tomorrow till 10.30 am and subsequently buses will be diverted for Air Show. After 8 pm, all the buses will again resume their normal routes. The same situation will remain on October 8, the last day of the Air Show.”

CTU is providing a shuttle service for pick and drop from the alighting points to Sukhna Lake and back for which an online payment of Rs 20 can be made through the app. This payment is being taken as a charge for shuttle service to ferry the entry pass holder to the Sukhna Lake.

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People have been advised to reach their picking points at least 15 minutes before the schedule.

There will be no entry of private vehicles at Sukhna Lake parking.

No vendors selling food to sit around the area

As food items can attract birds that can obstruct the aviators displaying the flying skills during the air show, a special team has been deputed by the Municipal Corporation to ensure that no street vendors sit around the area. Though the belt is a no vendor zone strictly, the team has been deputed considering the tendency of vendors to sit outside the area where a huge crowd, including the children, turns up.

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Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra while speaking to The Indian Express said that a permanent team has been deployed to remove vendors constantly.

Area given a makeover

With many dignitaries scheduled to visit the lake for the air show, the entire area near Punjab Raj Bhawan and the lake has been given a makeover. The road stretch right outside Punjab Raj Bhawan has also been recarpeted by the civic body and berms have been painted afresh.

What you need to know

Each ticket mentions the alighting point of the entry pass holder and the entry staircase. The buses have also been properly marked as AL 1, AL 2. The staircases have also been marked that are to be used by the entry pass holders.

First published on: 06-10-2022 at 04:27:31 am
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