Revellers chose to take their revelry as far away from the capital as possible on New Year’s eve.
Owing to the almost impregnable security cover enveloping most parts of Delhi, partygoers either chose to take their celebrations to the fringes of the capital in Gurgaon and Noida, or ring in the New Year at home.
Not without reason, though.
“The high security was understandable considering that CP is a risky place to be in on New Year’s eve, but I had no idea it would be so rigid,” said Vijaya Ghosh (26), an MA student at Amity International University.
“There were police officers everywhere,” said 24-year-old Namrata Bhardwaj, an M Phil student at Jamia Milia Islamia.
“It was about 9.30 pm when Vijaya and I reached the outer circle and were stopped by at least 15 police officers who just refused to let us go to a bar right across the street.”
“Only after we showed them our driving licences were we allowed to cross the road,” said Ghosh.
Owing to tight security, many Delhites had no alternative but to cross the border, with most turning up in big numbers at various pubs and discotheques in Gurgaon.
“Our discotheque, the Peppers and Hunter Bar, was packed to capacity with both Indian and foreign guests till a little after midnight,” said Sanjay Mehta, Communication Manager, Hotel Bristol.
But the security cover played dampener yet again, “We had to shut down by 12.30 am because of the police department’s orders,” said Mehta.
Others, like techie Mohit Aggarwal (25), preferred to stay at home instead, “There’s so much police outside that there’s no point going out partying.”
“Instead of risking a fine for drink driving, I’ve asked my friends to come to my place and sleep over instead,” said Aggarwal from Model Town.