Mumbai: Traffic Restrictions Imposed Ahead Of Ambani Wedding; Livid Netizens Ask, “Why Is The Public Suffering For A Private Event?”

Social media platforms became a battleground for disgruntled citizens.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Mumbai: Traffic Restrictions Imposed Ahead Of Ambani Wedding; Livid Netizens Ask, “Why Is The Public Suffering For A Private Event?”

Mumbai’s notorious traffic woes are set to escalate as the city prepares to host the grand wedding of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant. Scheduled for July 12 to 15, the lavish Ambani wedding has ignited online criticism over the Mumbai Traffic Police imposing traffic restrictions.

Traffic Restrictions Imposed Ahead Of Ambani Wedding

On July 5, the authorities issued an advisory detailing road closures and diversions around the Jio World Centre in BKC, the designated venue. The rationale provided? A “social programme” attracting “a large number of guests and VIPs.” However, netizens weren’t buying it.

Social media platforms became a battleground for disgruntled citizens. Many questioned the legitimacy of disrupting public life for a private event. “When did a personal celebration become a public event?” one user demanded. “Is every resident of Mumbai invited to this extravaganza?”

Another user echoed the sentiment, questioning, “Why should the general public be inconvenienced for someone’s wedding?” The Mumbai Police’s attempt to downplay the event as a “social programme” only inflamed tensions further. Users pointed out the obvious: “How can a private function be a public event?”

Netizens Frustrated

Frustration reached a boiling point, with some demanding a public holiday to alleviate the anticipated travel nightmare. Others lamented the stark disparity, highlighting how the “common man” faces the brunt of the wealthy elite’s celebrations.

The three-day extravaganza commences on Friday, July 12, with the traditional wedding ceremony. Saturday will see “Shubh Aashirwad,” a blessing ceremony, followed by the grand reception on Sunday, July 14th. While the Ambanis prepare for their star-studded celebration, the city of Mumbai braces for a traffic nightmare, leaving netizens fuming online.

The outrage extends beyond mere inconvenience. Many question the justification for disrupting the flow of a city for a private event. They highlighted the potential impact on essential services and businesses. Ambulances, delivery trucks, and taxis – all vital to the city’s functioning – could face significant delays.

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While the Ambanis and their guests prepare for a luxurious celebration, the city grapples with the fallout. The chaos and disruption to daily life have sparked a conversation about social equity and the true cost of extravagance. The online outrage is a potent reminder that the wheels of a city cannot grind to a halt for the whims of the wealthy.

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