City residents celebrated new year in style on Saturday. While clubs and hotels organised special programmes,youngsters as usual were seen dancing on roads at midnight. Parties were organised at Park Plaza,Sutlej Club,Ludhiana Club,Lodhi Club and several hotels. Members of Club Nirvana were upset at the badminton hall being used as a party hall and protested at this move. They submitted a memorandum to the club management. Politicians,however,remained busy campaigning to woo voters.
Because new year-eve happened to be a Saturday,it was convenient for many to celebrate outside the city. Private farm house parties were organised by reputed industrial houses of the city.
A large number of devotees,however,preferred to remain in Gurudwaras because it happened to be the Gurparab of the 10th Guru Guru Gobind Singh. Amritpal Singh,a resident of Khud mohalla said,Normally I go to the Gurudwara on the first day of new year but it being Gurparab today itself,It was a pleasure to listen to the Kirtan at the Gurudwara.
Kiran Sachdeva,a resident of Model Town,said,Every year I go to the temple in Harnam Nagar where jagran is organised and we welcome the new year this way only. I fail to understand why people drink and create a ruckus on roads on new years eve.
Many others,who preferred to remain indoors,even planned special menus for dinner. Ruchi Bajaj,a resident of Dugri,said We are making orange cakes and Pizza for dinner and a few friends will be coming along with their dishes. So a variety of flavours will be there.
Manisha Sharma,a resident of Pakhowal Road,added,We have no special plans for new years eve but will be going for a short break from January 1 onwards.
The police were on their toes in an effort to make traffic movement easy.