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WAITING TO ENTER: The crowd near the ticket counters of Vandalur Zoo. Photo: A. Muralitharan
WAITING TO ENTER: The crowd near the ticket counters of Vandalur Zoo. Photo: A. Muralitharan

T. Madhavan

People throng zoo, theme park on 'Kaanum Pongal'

CHENNAI People thronged the Vandalur Zoo and Kishkinta in large numbers on Monday to celebrate 'Kaanum Pongal.'

More than 20,000 people had entered the zoo by 10 a.m. The crowd became unmanageable after a point of time despite the presence of a large number of policemen and zoo security guards. More visitors

"There is an increase in the number of visitors compared to last year", says K.P.M.Perrumahl, Arignar Anna Zoological Park Director.

According to him, around 50,000 visitors came to Vandalur zoo on Monday while close to 20000 people visited the zoo on Sunday.

To ensure security and regulate the crowd, more than 200 policemen and Home Guards were deployed in and around the zoo.

Students from city colleges and schools were stationed at the entrance to prevent visitors from taking plastic bags inside the zoo.

On-road parking

There was a heavy traffic on Kelambakkam Road for most of the day with four-wheeler parking allowed on the road.

Vehicles were parked for almost a kilometre from the GST Road junction.

Small time vendors on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road did roaring business.

The Metropolitan Transport Corporation operated special buses from the city to the Zoo and Kishkinta on Sunday and Monday for 'Maattu Pongal' and 'Kaanum Pongal.'

Some 6000 people visited the Kishkinta theme park in Vardharajapuram near Tambaram. The finals of the boat race were held on Monday and prizes were distributed to winners.

The spectacular stunt show by boatmen turned out to be a big draw.

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