For residents of the National Capital Region (NCR), this weekend is going to be a drab one.
With Gandhi Jayanti being followed by the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on October 2 and 3 respectively, Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon markets will more or less remain shut on Saturday and Sunday.
While Saturday will witness all major markets in Delhi and Noida shut, others such as Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Connaught Place in Delhi and Gurgaon's popular Sadar Bazaar will be open.
"All major markets in Gurgaon will be open on both Saturday and Sunday. The main market of Gurgaon, Sadar Bazaar, will remain open and shops in various malls will also remain open," said a senior police officer from Gurgaon.
Sanjay Bhargava, general secretary, Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal said, "We will only be closed on Saturday due to Gandhi Jayanti. However, since there has been no intimation from either the Delhi Government or the police so far — the market will remain open on both October 3 and 14."
Noida, too, will remain closed on Saturday but will reopen on Sunday. There will, however, be no industrial production throughout the satellite town.
"Due to Gandhi Jayanti and Sunday, the industries will remain closed for two days. As the banks, too, will be closed for two days, several companies have withdrawn cash today for payment to daily workers of contractors," said Aditya Ghildiyal, Senior Vice President, Association of Greater Noida Industries.
While liquor shops will remain closed in Delhi on both days, Gurgaon will see them shut only on Saturday and Noida on none.
"Across all three cities, establishments vending essential material such as milk shops, vegetable markets, chemist shops, hospitals and the like will be open on both days. Chemist shops located within the premises of hospitals will also remain open," said a senior official from the union labour commission.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has issued a circular declaring Delhi a no-flying zone on Sunday.
"While Delhi has been declared a no-flying zone from 5 pm to 10 pm on Sunday, no low-flying objects will be allowed throughout the day," said a senior BCAS official.