Cops gear up to tackle mad festive rush, issue traffic advisory
Think twice or even thrice before taking your car or two-wheeler out as you are definitely going to be stuck in long traffic snarls in the city due to three major occasions— Car-free Day (7 am to 12 noon), Immersion of Goddess Durga idols (1 pm to 5 pm) and Dussehra (after 5 pm).
In a bid to maintain smooth traffic, Delhi Traffic Police has made some diversions across the city and has also advised to avoid few stretches where the traffic is expected to be heavy. Early morning at around 7 am, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia will lead a cycle rally from the Red Fort to Bhagwan Das Marg to mark Delhi’s first car-free day. The car-free day will be observed from 7 am to 12 noon on the stretch connecting Red Fort to India Gate via Delhi Gate and ITO. Additional buses of DTC with a frequency of one or two minutes will be deployed on this route.
Soon after the car-free day, the commuters will have to face traffic snarls due to immersion of idols.
Traffic Police issued an advisory, asking motorists to avoid routes from where Durga immersion processions will be held and use public transport to avoid congestion. It is advisable to avoid routes like Mandir Marg, Panchkula Road, Connaught Place Outer Circle, Minto Road, DDU Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, JLN Marg, Chittranjan Park, Outer Ring Road, Maa Anand Mai Mar, Josip Broz Tito Marg, Nehru Place from 1 pm to 5 pm. As per directions, no HTV and LGV will be allowed from Wazirabad T-Point towards ISBT on the Ring Road. The traffic coming from Wazirabad side will be diverted towards Burari Chowk on the Outer Ring Road. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed on the Wazirabad bridge and will be diverted towards ISBT bridge. “Yamuna Pushta road towards Jaitpur from Kalindi Kunj would be one way. Traffic from Jaitpur side to Kalindi Kunj will be directed to Kachchi Colony Road, Agra canal. On exit from Kalindi Kunj Ghat, all empty vehicles will have to take a compulsory left turn on Jaitpur Pushta and use Kachchi Colony Road on Agra canal,” a senior police official said. In South Delhi, no HTV, MGV & LGV will be allowed on Ring Road from Nizamuddin Bridge towards ISBT and will be diverted on NH-24 towards Akshardham Temple in East Delhi. “There shall be restrictions on movement of traffic on Netaji Subhash Marg, Nishad Raj Marg, New Daryaganj Road, JLN Marg and Turkman Gate depending on the crowd situation, after 5 pm,” the advisory said.
City commuters face misery
Despite heavy deployment of traffic police personnel across the city, the Delhi Traffic police failed to maintain the smooth movement of traffic throughout the Durga Puja celebration in the city with commuters in South Delhi the ones majorly affected. Due to parking issues in South Delhi, especially near CR Park the visitors tend to park their vehicles on the main road that leads to traffic snarls.
Major traffic jams were reported from the areas like CR Park, Greater Kailash, East of Kailash and Moolchand. Despite all those arrangements including diversions and prohibitions made by traffic police, Delhiites still faced problems.