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2 tonne flowers, 40 workers in Jayalalithaa’s procession truck

Jaya unwell Updated: Dec 06, 2016 18:42 IST

Security personnel carry late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's mortal remains during her funeral procession in Chennai.(PTI Photo)

Over two tonne of flowers from several destinations were used by about 40 workers who worked for 10 hours to prepare the Army truck and gun carriage for the final journey of late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.

The flowers were of two varieties, one being the decorative kind, including cut flowers like zebra plant, asparagus and daisy and the other, more traditional varieties like rose and white marigold (Vellai samandi in Tamil).

Working at a brisk pace, knitting garlands to decorate the army truck and gun-carriage, Velu, a senior florist from Koyambedu market told PTI, “The choice of flowers should sync with the sombre mood on the occasion, that is the most important thing.”

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He said a total of “well over 2,000 kilos of flowers” were used for making garlands and flower hangings. The garlands were used to on the army truck, the gun carriage and the memorial site for Jayalalithaa, he added.

Cut flowers and marigold were sourced from different destinations, including Bengaluru, he said.

“40 of us have been working since 3 AM today knitting the flower garlands, piecing together cut-flowers and giving it the required shape and look.”

Although the task was quite laborious, he said, “We are satisfied to see that it soothes people who are grieved over the demise of Amma.”

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