Traffic flow to be rerouted near Chhath Puja ghats
NEW DELHI: Chhath Puja in being celebrated across Delhi-NCR with much fanfare and thousands of devotees are expected to gather at various ghats of river Yamuna and other water bodies like lakes, canals and ponds, leading to heavy flow of traffic on Delhi roads.
While some devotees may leave after the sunset prayers on Thursday, many will stay the night at the ghats inside the tents.
On Friday morning, devotees will again gather at the ghats at sunrise and offer prayers, after which they will disperse.
The ghats near Wazirabad Bridge and Signature Bridge are expected to witness at least around 5,000-7,000 people.
The ITO Bridge near Yamuna River Eastern Ridge will see around 6,000-7,000 devotees. The ghat at Kashmere Gate ISBT and Ram Ghat in north Delhi will see close to 15,000 devotees each
At Kalindi Kunj in south east Delhi, around 20,000 devotees are expected. Bawana Canal will see close to 8,000 devotees and Bhalswa Lake will expect around 4,000.
Flow of traffic will be affected on from Thursday afternoon till Friday morning on roads adjoining the major ghats at Yamuna and other water bodies.
Appropriate diversions will be made by traffic police. Commuters have been advised to avoid the roads adjoining the ghats and Chhath Puja sites, such as the stretch of Outer Ring Road from Mukarba Chowk to Chandgi Ram Akhara, Wazirabad Bridge, roads near ISBT Kashmere Gate, Pushta Road (Khajoori/Shastri Park) and Kalindi Kunj Bridge.
"No HTV and LGV will be allowed from Mukarba Chowk on Outer Ring Road towards Chandgi Ram Akhara. Depending on congestion on ITO Bridge, traffic from trans-Yamuna towards ITO may be diverted on Pushta Road to take Geeta Colony Bridge. In Kalindi Kunj, vehicles of devotees will be diverted from Jaitpur Road to Lakkad Market for Agra Canal Road," said Garima Bhatnagar, Joint CP Traffic.