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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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

Traffic already has slowed around the immediate area around the venue, which is being adorned with decorative lights and red flowers.

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.

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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 1pm and midnight on July 12 to 15.

And that is 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.

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

Last week, Justin Bieber performed for hundreds of guests at a private pre-wedding concert.

The Canadian pop star also had photos taken with the bride and groom, who wore haute couture versions of traditional Indian attire.

Bill Gates and Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg were among the 1,200 guests at that event.

And in May, the Ambanis organised a pre-wedding luxury European cruise with 800 guests including Bollywood stars and cricketers.

Videos and photos of recent celebrations — including a video of the Ambani family lip-syncing and dancing to a Bollywood song and one of Mukesh Ambani and his wife driving along with their — have flooded social media and are being extensively covered by Indian media.