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Overcrowded streets & heavy rush at shops mark festival

Nashik: Citizens flocked shops and estbalishments in Nashik city to make last-minute purchases for Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali festival.

“Employees who were given bonuses a couple of days before the holiday and the working class who have no leaves poured into the markets on Friday evening to not miss the opportunity of buying goods for themselves,” said Sanjay Shah, one of the shopkeepers from Main Road.

The city police has already banned vehicular movement in areas including Main Road, Dahi pool, Kapad Bazaar, Saraaf Bazaar, MG Road in Nashik city and the shopping areas of Nashik Road near Muktidham, masjid and church despite blocked roads.

“There is hardly any space to walk into the areas where the goodies are pouring out of the shops. People selling goods on hand carts are also occupying the space on the same bylanes. With glittering lights, decorative lamps, cacophony of shouting vendors, people bargaining, and vehicles honking, it is an experience,” said Vasudha Sonawane, a youth enjoying the movements in the market.

The situation was equally bad at the major junctions including New CBS, the Mumbai Naka, Untawadi Circle, the CIDCO and adjoining areas.

“There is a heavy rush of people going from Nashik to Dhule, Jalgaon, Nandurbar for Diwali. Bus stands are also full. The private buses and vehicles are parked outside the bus stand waiting for the passengers,” creating all kinds of traffic jams.

The streets of CIDCO were buzzing with people in the market place.

“We get the best of the things and at fairly good rates. Then, why should we go all the way to the city to buy things? Besides, travelling to the city is a major problem and we can walk with the family to buy what we want,” said Shailesh Thakur, one of the residents of Pawan Nagar.

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