Puducherry, Jan 1: Milling crowd of people, a majority of whom tourists, went on a merry making as the union territory ushered in new year 2016 with fireworks lighting up the sky.
The Beach Road was the beehive of the revelries as a large number of people with the youth forming a major chunk gathered there and ringed in the new year at the stroke of 12 midnight.
They raised `Happy New Year` slogans and exchanged greetings. Sweets were also distributed and specially made cakes were cut to mark the celebration of New Year at homes and in restaurants at several places.
Riding through the main thoroughfares, the revellers kept raising slogans and extended greetings. Police were deployed in large numbers on the beach road, where the turnout of people this year was larger than the previous year. Fireworks at various points lit the sky as the clock struck 12 am.