Heavy rain played spoilsport at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s controversial mega cultural festival that began on Friday, with thousands of participants stuck on roads due to traffic snarls and pathways leading to the venue on the Yamunafloodplain turning into mush.
As the dusty Yamuna floodplain turned to slush, it made walking virtually impossible and vehicles got stuck. Those who were already inside ran for cover to escape the downpour.
Organisers wore a look of concern as the skies darkened over Delhi. The dark clouds along with rolling thunder followed by heavy rains left the organisers, participants and the onlookers drenched and miserable.
People were seen covering themselves with plastic sheets. Some others took out brightly coloured umbrellas.
“It is slippery. The road leading to the venue has turned marshy. I had to walk carefully,” said Anuj Kumar, who had come from north Delhi to attend the cultural jamboree.
Policemen and volunteers tried to manage the crowd, but could not control the chaos.
As per the forecast of two leading weather agencies, the IMD and Skymet Weather Services, the showers on Friday followed by heavy rain may cause disruptions on Saturday and Sunday as well. The World Culture Festival is being held here from March 11 to 13.
Weather agencies said that rain with thundershowers would continue over the weekend