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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

City of Chennai celebrates Kaanum Pongal

The harvest festival Pongal brings cheer and happiness to everybody and in a City where the population has moved far away from its culture and tradition also the festivities are well celebrated.

Most Shops & Establishments are closed as workers stay away enjoying their holiday with their families.  Today is known as “Kaanum Pongal’  when thousands throng the beaches of Marina.  Other places like  Exhibition grounds, Cinema halls, Vandalur Zoo and the like would be too crowded.  You can even see bullock carts, then mini trucks and other forms of vehicles fully loaded with people who venture out so happily to enjoy the festival – be with the family, wear new clothes and dine happily. 

Marina beach is not safe and the Sea has taken the lives of many youngsters.  The City  Police  have stepped up security on the Marina and Elliots beaches in view of Kaanum Pongal.  More than 2,000 police personnel  are being  deployed on the beaches from Tuesday morning till evening to manage the crowd.   Barricades have been erected preventing people from entering water and special podiums have been set equipped with public address system to take care of small children who wander away from their parents and relatives.  Temporary watchtowers with public address systems have also been set up.   The police have announced certain changes in the vehicular movement on Kamarajar Salai and some other roads to ensure free movement of people on Tuesday.   The Police have announced that in case more people gather near the Labour and Kannagi statues, the vehicles from Gandhi statue towards War Memorial will be diverted at Dr. R.K. Salai and need to take Royapettah High Road, Tower Clock, GP Road, Anna Salai, Muthusamy Bridge, Muthusamy Point and NFS Road for motorists to reach Rajaji Salai.

The Police Department is taking all precautionary efforts and We pray that people enjoy the Festival happily.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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