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A big fat Indian wedding for Ambani family to snarl Mumbai traffic

July 11, 2024 00:00:00

MUMBAI, July 10 (Reuters): When the son of Asia's richest person Mukesh Ambani gets married in Mumbai this week, traffic in a key part of the city will literally stop for the four-day extravaganza to be attended by celebrities, business elite and politicians.

The wedding of the billionaire's youngest son Anant Ambani, 29, and his long-time girlfriend Radhika Merchant, 29, is the culmination of lavish celebrations throughout the year and according to police, has been deemed a "public event" due to the presence of international and Indian VIPs.

Raising the ire of locals, roads near the venue - the upmarket Jio World Convention Centre owned by Ambani's Reliance conglomerate in Mumbai's central business district - will be open only for "event vehicles" between 1 p.m. and midnight July 12-15.

And that's despite Mumbai being notorious for its congested traffic, particularly at this time of year during the monsoon season. Traffic already has slowed around the immediate area around the venue which is being adorned with decorative lights and red flowers. Marigolds and bright yellow lights have also been used to decorate the trees outside Ambani's 27-storey mansion, Antilia, in Mumbai.

While organisers have been tight-lipped about who will attend, it's expected to be a star-studded event.

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