VISAKHAPATNAM: The Beach Road witnessed humongous crowds, including a large number of college students, families, while DJ parties and star nites at hotels delighted the citizens of Vizag, who rang in the New Year on Saturday midnight.
While youth danced to the tunes of DJs, young girls were seen busy adding colours to rangoli at the entrance of homes. As the countdown began for welcoming the New Year, a number of people gathered at the Beach Road with cakes. As a precautionary measure, vehicles were restricted from Coastal Battery to Park Hotel. A large number of police were deployed on the Beach Road and were also making sure that the youth do not enter the beach. However, some youths tried to enter the blue waters.
Apartments, residential colonies and hotels were decked up with illumination. Temples and churches bustled with devotees offering prayers from 10.30 pm.
Hotels along the Beach Road looked dazzling with illumination and music with DJs and rock bands. “This time I along with my friends tried baking a cake and had a party with our big family,” says Harshitha, a medical student from the city. Thirty police teams were deployed to rein in the drunk drivers. The stretch from Bheemili to Coastal Battery was under vigil to prevent bike races.