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Shell out more for the dandiya

india Updated: Sep 20, 2008 02:06 IST
Bhavika Jain

This year you will have to shell out 50 per cent more to do the dandiya. All major dandiya groups in the city, who organise the nine-night long dandiya event during Navaratri, has increased the prices of passes due to inflation and also terror threats looming over the city.

The city’s biggest dandiya organiser Sankalp has increased their prices by 50 per cent this year.

“We have increased the rates from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3, 000 this year owing to inflation and also to accommodate revised facilities for the dandiya enthusiasts,” said Devendra Joshi, president of Sankalp.

The organisers say the cost of the devices used for sound and light effects have gone up in a year. Besides, terror threats have added to the costs, as organisers now have to make additional security arrangements. “Due to terror threats we have increased the security. We have also appointed about 150 men in civil uniform and 12 close circuit cameras will keep an eye on the venue,” added Joshi.

Passes for a night will cost Rs 400 on weekdays (Rs 100 more than last year) and Rs 600 on weekends, Rs 400 more than last year. The nine-day festival starts on September 30 and ends on October 9. There are about eight big dandiya clubs in Mumbai.

Pravin Chheda of Ghatkopar Gujarati Sangh, too, admitted that costs have gone up. However, the Sangh will hike the rates only marginally, he said.

Dandiya events organised by Sankalp at Andheri or Ghatkopar Gujarat Sangh at Vidyavihar have about 30,000 taking part in the event.