People flock to markets as Bhopal gears up to celebrate Diwali

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Nov 10, 2015 21:33 IST
People throng markets to purchase gifts and sweets on the eve of Diwali in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Markets in Bhopal saw a steady flow of people looking to stock up on gifts and sweets on the eve of Diwali, with shops selling earthen lamps, firecrackers and decorative items turning a decent profit.

Meanwhile, to ensure a safe Diwali, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) fire officer Sajid Khan has requested residents to keep a bucket filled with water nearby while bursting of crackers. People should wear cotton clothes and shouldn’t stay away from dry grass or garbage, which may easily catch fire, he said.

Traffic police has also released a parking plan for buyers to ensure smooth traffic. As per the plan for New Market, people can park their vehicles at the open space near Rainbow Children Hospital, in front of Tatya Tope Stadium or in front of Kamla Nehru School. Parking of four-wheelers is strictly prohibited on the road that joins Rang Mahal with TT Nagar police station.

At No 10 market, there is no entry for vehicles from National Hospital and from E-4. Traffic police has also released helpline numbers - 0755-2443850 and 2677340 - for emergencies.

On the eve of Diwali, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and governor Ram Naresh Yadav extended their greetings and best wishes to the people of the state.

The governor urged people to keep in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-touted Clean India Campaign and to use fewer firecrackers this year.

Also, banks will remain closed for two days as the state government announced a holiday on November 12 for all banks under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

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