Chandigarh/ February 28:- The much awaited 48th Rose Festival started here at Rose Garden amid pump and show. The three days festival has been formally inaugurated by Smt. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, UT, Chandigarh in presence of Smt. Raj Bala Malik, Mayor Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, Commissioner, Sh. Jagtar Singh Jagga, Deputy Mayor, other councilors and officers of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.
While addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest Mrs. Kirron Kher appreciated the efforts done by all the MCC employees and officers to make this festival a grand success. She appreciated the MCC for dedicating this event to Women Empowerment and colour it Pink this time. She said that the campaign of MCC against the Plastic usage in city is also highly appreciable. She said that people from all walks of life can enjoy here with the provisions and competitions of all age groups would be organized such as Rose Prince & Princess, Mr. Rose & Ms. Rose and Rose King and Rose Queen for senior citizens.
The Chief Guest took round inside the garden alongwith all the dignitaries and witness Brass Band Pipe show, different flower arrangements, arrangements of plants and others. She also visited the stall of Chandigarh Smart City Ltd. where she released brochure of projects of CSCL. She also took selfie with the Open Hand replica, which has been installed infront CSCL stall.
While explaining about the programme Smt. Raj Bala Malik, the Mayor said that the festival has been dedicated to “Women Empowerment” and “Plastic Mukt City” and various competitions will be organized throughout all three days including Flower Competition, flower hat competition, Rose Quiz, Kite flying, on the spot painting etc.
Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, Municipal Commissioner said that to make the festival live new activities have been added by creating food park at Sector 17 near underpass from Rose Garden to cater the visitors. Keeping in view the interests of general public and visitors, this time various competitions have been shifted to Plaza Sector 17, he added.
In the morning the helicopter rides have also been started by the Mayor and Commissioner from Parade Ground, Sector 17.
During the day event Folk dance competition was held and the result is as under:
Folk Dance Competition Results
1st Post Graduate Govt. College, Sector 11, Chandigarh (Girls).
2nd Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala, Sector 25 (W), Chandigarh.
3rd Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 21, Chandigarh
In addition to that the Municipal Corporation has distributed prizes to the winners of different categories of declamation contest held during 550th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Schools of Chandigarh.
Programmes Schedule for 29th February (Saturday)
09.00 a.m. Rose Prince & Princess competition
10.30 a.m. Photography Exhibition
11.00 a.m. Kite Flying Competition
11.20 a.m. Traditional Folk Dance
11.30 a.m. Rose King & Rose Queen competition (Senior Citizen)
02.00 p.m. Rose Quiz
03.30 p.m. Newlywed Couple Competition