Authorities expect 10 lakh to visit the flower show this year
A sea of humanity descended on Lalbagh Botanical Gardens here on Thursday to view the Republic Day flower show.
The gardens, which had hosted over one lakh visitors on Sunday, attracted more than two lakh visitors on Thursday. The visitors included about 30,000 students, who had free entry on account of Republic Day. The students will be allowed free into the park on Friday as well between 8 a.m. and noon.
The ten-day show, which was inaugurated on January 20, has been receiving a steady stream of visitors over the last few days, and Thursday's crowd is believed to be one of the biggest.
Visitors had to stand in long queues to enter the famed Glass House where floral decorations, including the Buddhist stupa and Dutch floral designs, are housed. Several people could not see these arrangements as the crowd swelled with time.
Those who had planned to photograph themselves in the backdrop of the colourful flowers were disappointed as the authorities did not allow people to stand around because of the surging crowd.
A bigger crowd on Thursday meant that visitors also left behind a huge heap of trash in the garden. Sprawling lawns and pathways were littered with garbage, mostly food packets and sachets, leaving gardeners with the huge task of cleaning up the park before it opens again for visitors on Friday.
While an estimated six lakh people visited the flower show last year, the authorities expect the number to reach 10 lakh this year.
There were some tense moments also around noon when the park authorities tried to chase away vendors selling snacks. Visitors intervened and argued with the officials saying that there were no other alternatives for those visiting the park. A senior official said the vendors were allowed to return to the garden after awhile.
The major thoroughfares around Lalbagh witnessed slow-moving traffic in the evening when visitors started moving out in hordes.
Thursday's crowd is believed to be one of the biggest ever Garbage was strewn around the lawns and pathways
Thursday's crowd is believed to be one of the biggest ever
Garbage was strewn around the lawns and pathways