A cultural function, several performances and competitions marked the concluding day of the three-day Chandigarh Rose Festival at the Rose Garden, Sector 16, here on Sunday.
Mayor Arun Sood distributed prizes to the winners. For the first time, Budh Ram, 53, a gardener who works at the Rose Garden, was the guest of honour during the prize distribution function. On the third day of the fest, a musical evening, ‘Bollywood Evening with Indian Idol’ was held during which Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh, Indian Idol runners up Anuj Sharma and ‘Raag Rang’ fame Gulshan Tandon presented several hit numbers. An orchestra and musical band performance enthralled the public. Rajiv Gupta, joint commissioner, and Mukesh Anand, chief engineer, councillors and senior officers of the MC were also present.
Traffic snarls give harrowing time to commuters
The concluding day of the Rose Festival saw several traffic snarls and vehicles remained stuck for long due to wrong parking of vehicles on the road. The traffic cops were seen struggling while managing the traffic. Throughout the day, traffic snarls dotted the roads near the Rose Garden, and the Leisure Valley, and the situation turned worse in the noon and in the evening during the cultural event. The areas from the Rose Garden to Sectors 10, 16 and 17 were the most affected.
Meanwhile, the road leading from the Matka Chowk to Sector 16 was barricaded by the traffic police to make the stretch safer for pedestrians, which added to confusion to several commuters. Maximum traffic was reported on the roads leading to Sectors 15, 16, and 17.