TDCP says two-day Basant will be held in Punjab this year

Published: December 9, 2013
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The basant is due to be held in Changa Manga forest park and Jallo park, Lahore.PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The basant is due to be held in Changa Manga forest park and Jallo park, Lahore.PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: The Tourism Development Corporation of the Punjab (TDCP) sent a summary to higher authorities stating that Basant will be celebrated for two days in February, 2014, Express News reported on Monday.

Basant is due to be held in Changa Manga forest park and Jallo park, Lahore.

Traditionally, Basant is held in the first week of February to herald the arrival of spring, but kite-flying has been banned since 2007.

On March 7, a 12-year old boy was killed and dozens of others were injured during Basant celebrations, which continued despite a government ban on kite-flying.

A Rescue 1122 official had said Faizan, a resident of Chitian Hatian, was flying a kite on a rooftop when he got a shock from a power cable and fell to the ground and succumbed to his injuries before reaching the hospital.

Overall, the police had registered 20 cases and seized hundreds of kites along with 50 rolls of chemical-coated kite string.

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  • Anoni
    Dec 9, 2013 - 4:30PM

    This will actually allow the afluant people to enjoy their already privilage life. what about the masses ?Recommend

  • bash gul
    Dec 9, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Kite flying festivals are held in many countries. Separate places are designated for this purpose i.e. beaches, parks. But why has this hobby become so dangerous in Lahore? People are turning their kite flying strings into deadly weapons, decaptivating children and adults. If the parents and elders refrain their wards from using such deadly coated strings and the authorities crack down of those producing and selling such strings, then kite flying could be fun, or else untill a few thousand people die due to kite flying, then people will come to their sences.

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  • Stranger
    Dec 9, 2013 - 8:30PM

    Sigh … dont tell me that my childhood game of kite flying wont be possible now in Pak . Its a big festival in India .

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  • Zif
    Dec 10, 2013 - 1:57AM

    Thats the way to do it. Allocate parks and big grounds for this purpose. Whoever wants to fulfill his “shauq”, go to the allotted place in specific time, from dawn till dusk, have halla gulla and go home. This is what happens when people refuse to mend their ways, they learn it the hard way… like us!

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