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At Gurgaon malls, no drop in footfall

india Updated: Sep 11, 2011 00:09 IST
Sunil Thapliyal
Sunil Thapliyal
Hindustan Times
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The first weekend after the September 7 bomb blast outside the Delhi high court seems to be normal. Testimony to it is the usual visitor footfall at malls in Gurgaon.

The deadly incident has not deterred the visitors and shoppers, who came out of their houses to enjoy.

The city police have put strict security arrangements in areas around the bustling malls and shopping centers across the city.

Long queues outside multiplexes and restaurants brought smiles back on the faces of shopkeepers at the malls who were expecting the business to be down this weekend. “I came here with my friends to see a film. Terror threats are normal now and we have become habitual to it. Terrorists cannot restrict us anymore,” said Neeti Nigam, one of the visitors at DT mall.

“There was no sign of panic on the faces of people. However, we all are aware about the prevailing terror threat after the recent bomb blast. People came out for shopping and watching films.

Even the shopkeepers in the malls are running their business smoothly. The mall authority is not taking any risk with the security,” said JK Gupta, manager, Sahara Mall.

Meanwhile, the Gurgaon police and the authorities have issued a circular to all the malls and shopping centres in Gurgaon to upgrade their security following the Delhi High Court incident. “The police are constantly reviewing and updating security arrangements in the city. There will be tight vigil at malls, shopping centres, railway stations, inter-state bus terminals and metro stations in the city,” said SS Deswal, police commissioner, Gurgaon.

“All shows this weekend are booked. We are happy that people are coming out to watch films with their families,” said a senior PVR official.