Revellers concerned about safety, traffic

Nearly a quarter of Bangaloreans, especially women, have decided to stay home this New Year’s Eve, instead of splurging on parties.

The reason: concern over safety, increased traffic jams, inflation, chilly winter and employment-related issues — according to a survey conducted by Social Development Foundation of the industry body, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), between October and November. 

The survey covered more than 200 young men and women —  mainly college students, corporate executives and professionals — from across Bangalore.

Of the 25 per cent of the respondents who wished to stay home this year, 10 per cent said they had been to parties last year. 

Around 70 per cent said that they prefer to celebrate with family and friends or travel to hill stations and coastal areas. Another additional five per cent said they would go abroad.  

D S Rawat, National Secretary General for Assocham, said that 35 per cent of respondents cited lack of security and traffic jams as being the most common reasons for staying at home. About 25 per cent, however, said that money was also a factor.
 Quoting the findings of the survey, Rawat explained that most people are keen on celebrating New Year’s Eve locally without splurging money. 

“The lack of inspiration and motivation among people is the reason why many forgo traditional New Year celebrations of going out and partying,” he said. 

Assocham conducted this survey not only in Bangalore but also in Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. 

A total of 2,000 people, aged between 18 and 30, were surveyed. Of them, 35 per cent of urbanites planned to stay home — of which 60 per cent were women who cited security-related apprehensions.

The remaining 65 per cent said they would attend dinner parties with family and friends.

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