Cyclone Fani influences wedding plans in Bhubaneswar

BHUBANESWAR: Two Days Before The Storm Of The Cyclone Storm Fani On May 3, Sanjeev Mishra, Who Works Here With An NGO, Made Last Minute Appointments For His Wedding, That Would Take Place On Monday. He Threw His Plans Off The Map, Tore Through The City And Left The Hotel He Had Booked And Looked Like It Had Been Bombed.

Not Only Mishra, A Number Of Upcoming Grooms And Brides Have To Reschedule Their Wedding Plans Because Of The Huge Damage To Wedding Locations And Other Related Infrastructures Such As Electricity, Telecommunications And Water Supply.

I Had Booked A Hotel In Chandrasekharpur For May 6. After Seeing The Condition Of The Hotel, I Canceled My Wedding Date. I Also Checked A Few Other Marital Mandaps, But They Were All In Shreds," Mishra Said.

Abhinna Satpathy, A Journalist With A News Channel Here, Also Got The Dupe Of The Cyconian Storm Fani That Moved The State He Was Also Scheduled To Tie The Wedding Band On Monday.

" I Also Canceled My Marriage Because My Wedding Location In Unit-1 Area Was Destroyed. Power And Water Supply Disruption Is Another Concern. Although I Tried To Control Diesel Generator (DG) Sets, I Couldn't. Most DG Sets (Available In The Market) Were Hired By Government Authorities To Perform Restoration Work," Satpathy Said.

The Capital Has More Than 250 Wedding Venues, Including Hotels And Mandaps.

" My Hotel Was Booked For Weddings On Different Dates Between May 6 And May 20. My Lawn And Wedding Location Are Heavily Damaged. Seven Bookings Between May 6 And May 10 Have Already Been Canceled. I Can Also Get The Remaining Bookings," Sritam Parija, Manager Of A Hotel In Nayapally Area Here Said.

Some Other Hoteliers, Who Experienced Less Damage, Said The Lack Of Diesel To Run Generators Is A Major Concern." I Have Three DG Sets. But Diesel Is Not Easily Available In Gas Stations. Besides, The Prices Of Groceries And Vegetables Its Been A Consequence Of A Limited Supply Of Commodities," Spiralized Sovan Tripathy, Another Hotel Manager."

Acute Shortage Of Flowers And Unavailability Of Vehicles Added To The Troubles Of The Wedding Planners." We Have Found No Flowers In The Market Because Fani Has Destroyed Flowers. Because Vehicles Are Mandatory During Marriage, Drivers Are Reluctant By Closing Different Gas Stations Stopped ATMs And Unavailability Of E-payment Facilities And Cash Due To Power Outages And Linking Errors In Banks Had A Negative Impact On Our Company," Sangeeta Mishra, A Wedding Planner.