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Picnickers throng Dimna Lake on first day of New Year


Jamshedpur, Jan 1: People across the city celebrated the beginning of the New Year with different styles with no major untoward incident reported so far. The New Year was celebrated here with great enthusiasm and fervour. Besides organising formal celebrations, various social and religious organisations wished a prosperous New Year to each other.

The city clubs and hotels had skipped to New Year’s Eve events. Citizens bid farewell to 2020 without the usual fun and frolic as no a major event was planned so far at key venues this New Year’s Eve because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leading clubs like Beldih Club, United Club and Golmuri Club decided not to host New Year’s events.

On the first day of the year, people thronged parks for picnics. Places like  Dimna Lake and Chandil dam witnessed huge rush.

“Besides counting our achievements, we should consider our failures also and strive for improvement in the New Year,” said social worker Ramesh Saksena, while spreading the message of peace at Dimna Lake.

He said that songs, folk dances and choreography depicting problems arising out of social evils, including drug addiction, illiteracy and female foeticide should also be made part of celebrations.

Meanwhile Dalma also witnessed heavy rush. The forest area varying from dense to scrub and scattered grasslands with water bodies harbouring rich flora and fauna, offers the picnickers a wide variety of spots to spend their day. This is a place that attracts many visitors during the picnic season because of its rich biodiversity. Hundreds of species of plants struggle toward the sun, clinging and swarming over their taller neighbours, colonising their trunks and feeding on their fallen leaves.

“It is a complete contrasting picture ever since it had received good inflows,” says a regular to the place. “The park has filled the much needed vacuum, the place craved for it,” says Razia Ahmed, a school teacher. Though there are restrictions on people entering the area or the vicinity of the place, youngsters are having fun trekking through the rocky terrain. “The rough terrain tests one’s abilities,” puts in
an adventurous youth.

This month is a boom time for caterers, tent house suppliers and transport contractors plying mini buses, as they take the organisational hassles off the shoulders of picnicking parties. These picnics also serve as ‘kitty parties’ with each participating family adding spice by contributing to the day’s menu.

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