Another day of crazy traffic? Delhi to ­witness 25,000 weddings today

  • A Sarwar Borah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2015 10:11 IST
Delhi is bracing itself for a Monday full of marriages, with the city set to witness 25,000 weddings this season. (HT File Photo)

Brace yourself for a manic Monday, with Delhi set to ­witness the highest number of ­weddings this season.

Wedding planners say that around 25,000 weddings will be solemnised in the national capital region as it is considered an auspicious day.

“This period is called Ansuya Lagan. During this phase, Rahu, Ketu and Shani will not interfere with any other planet. And that is very auspicious ,” says Pandit Shyam Dutt Pokhriyal.

Yogesh Khantwal, a city-based ­wedding planner, who himself is managing three, said the total number of weddings could be around 25,000.

“If Delhi-NCR is divided into north, east, south and west, there are around 200 farmhouses in every zone. Every farmhouse has two-three venues. Other than this, there are hotels, community centres, public grounds and lawns. All this amounts to more than 25,000 weddings,” says Khantwal

“When we get ­multiple requests for a ­particular date, and also find that our vendors are already booked on that same day, we figure out that it is a busy day. Before December 7, November 27 was another auspicious day,” he added.

The next two good dates are December 12 and 13, but none this year would beat the record to be set by December 7.

Khantwal has hired an additional workforce from catering and event ­management colleges and even outsourced some of his services to other vendors.

A busy day would also mean that the budget for the wedding goes up by as much as 30%. “There is no scope for negotiation,” says Gaurav Yadav, another wedding planner.

The increase in costs tickles down the line with even daily wage ­workers demanding more pay on a busy day.

Says Sanjay Sharma, owner of one of the oldest bands in Delhi, “We’re performing at eight weddings tomorrow. We have to send a team of 20 people to every venue, so we have to deploy 160 people for the day. So, on such days, we have to hire more people at a higher wage.”

For commuters in Delhi , it is going to be another day of crazy traffic, especially in the evening when the baaraats are out on the roads. Muktesh Chander, special commissioner of police, in charge of traffic says his force is keeping track of the weddings happening at different zones and has made elaborate traffic arrangement

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