New Delhi: It’s that time of the year again when everybody gets drenched in a myriad of colours on Holi. People of Delhi are all set for festival of colours Holi on Wednesday.

Be it the younger lot or the oldies, from professionals to the students, from housewives to businessman, everyone will be enthralled in the tradition of painting each other with colours of joy, festivities and delight.

It will be a predominance of colours all over the town, where indivduals of all age, caste,creed and colour would be seen splashing colours to each other.

Children and youths have already set the tone for festivities by throwing water-filled balloons at passersby, and colours and sweets are recording brisk sales.

"There is so much to shop today. I hope this Holi goes well and no untoward incident takes place," said Namita Arora, a housewife.People were thronging to markets in huge numbers Tuesday to purchase colour powders and water guns. Many were keen on buying only organic colours.

Deployment of mobile patrol squads, provision of helpline numbers and formation of teacher-student committees are among a series of measures being taken by Delhi University to check hooliganism during the festival of Holi.

Meanwhile, the Delhi University has warned students that "strict disciplinary action" will be taken against those found indulging in rowdy behaviour especially against women students.
DTC Bus drivers have also been directed to drive their buses straight to the nearest police station in case of any harassment of girl students onboard.

A helpline 011-27667291, jointly managed by University officials and Delhi Police, will directly connect students to the Proctor's office in North Campus. The helpline number for South Campus students to reach the office of Deputy Dean of Students' Welfare is 011-24119832.

"I will only buy organic colours this time as normal colours cause skin irritation and rashes," said Viplav Singh, a college student.Mouth-watering gujiyas, a Holi specialty, were on display at almost all sweet shops.

"We have many varieties in sweets. This time, 'pista gujiya' is selling well. Though it is costly, people are buying," said a sweet shop owner in East of Kailash.Delhi Police intend to take tough action this Holi against traffic violators, particularly those caught for drunk driving.

Police have made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure safety of motorists and check cases of drunk driving, over-speeding, riding without helmets and other offences.

Last Holi, over 8,500 people were prosecuted for various traffic violations.


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