Protests throw traffic out of gear in Lutyens' Delhi
Traffic movement was affected on many stretches in Lutyens' Delhi owing to the Parliament session and protests in the area. According to the traffic officials, there were many protests at Jantar Mantar and the traffic situation was under control. The police closed down Sansad Marg for traffic movement while diversions were put in place on other routes.
As per the report, a total of 11 protests were witnessed in and around Jantar Mantar on Tuesday in which over 10,000 people including farmers across the country, politicians and people from other sections joined protests.
Hundreds of Congress workers, traders and common people held a demonstration from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House to protest against the faulty implementation of the GST resulted in blockade of roads near the Parliament house. A protest from Delhi's Ramlila Maida to Jantar Mantar also witnessed traffic chaos on the entire route. "A protest started from Ramlila ground reached Jantar via Ranjit Singh flyover, Tolstoy Marg, Delhi Gate and Ajmeri Gate,' tweeted Delhi Traffic Police advising commuters to avoid the stretch.
Besides protests of farmers from Tamilnadu, hundreds of farmers from all over the country poured in at the Kisan Mukti Sansad at Jantar Mantar added more traffic woes in and around the area. "In view of the ongoing demonstrations and protests additional personnel were deployed in the area so that commuters are not hassled. "We have additional deployment every time Parliament is in session. This time also, the deployment is there. We have also asked people to avoid stretches where jams appeared," said a traffic official.
Routes that were impacted due to this were Tolstoy Marg, KG Marg, C Hexagon, Janpath Road, Barakhamba Road and Le Meridian round about besides others. Commuters had to take detours as the traffic was trailing.
"I was coming from New Delhi Railway Station and had to go to Lodhi Road. There was heavy traffic at Delhi Gate, Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Barakhamba road. It usually takes me 5-10 minutes from the station to KG Marg but it took me 30 minutes to travel the same distance," said Mukesh, a daily commuter.