Muharram processions likely to bring traffic to a grinding halt
The national Capital is likely to witness heavy snarls on various routes due to Muharram processions. The Traffic Police have advised commuters to take alternate roads. Besides, they should avoid using private vehicles and use public transport, especially Metro, to save themselves from severe congestions, especially during rush hours.
According to the traffic police, the procession by Anjuman Taziadaran (Confederation of all Taziadaran) will start from Chhatta Shahzad, Kalan Mahal and pass through Pahari Bhojla, Chitli Qabar, Matia Mahal Chowk, Jama Masjid, Chawri Bazar, Chowk Hauz Qazi, Ajmeri Gate, Pahar Ganj Bridge, New Delhi Railway Station, Chelmsford Road, Connaught Place Outer Circle (wrong carriageway), Parliament Street, Red Cross Road, New Delhi Jama Masjid -R/A Krishi Bhawan (wrong carriageway), Raisina Road, Vijay Chowk, Krishna Menon Marg, Tughlak Road, Aurobindo Marg, Jor Bagh and reach Karbala in the evening.
Another procession will start from the Pahari Dheeraj area in North District around 1pm and will reach Paharganj Bridge via Bara Tuti-Qutab Road and will merge with the main procession (mentioned above) at Chelmsford Road. The Tazias from Nizamuddin, Okhla and Mehrauli would reach Karbala directly.
On Wednesday, from 9 am onwards 'Alam and Taboot' procession will be taken out from Shia Jama Masjid, Kashmere Gate, Chabi Ganj, Chhota Bazar, Bara Bazar and would terminate at Panja Sharif around 4 pm.
Tazia processions will also be taken out in East district, North-East district (Trans Yamuna area), North-West district (Inderlok and Jahangirpuri), South East district (Nizamuddin), South district and West district. All these processions will terminate at local Karbalas of the respective districts.
“Traffic will be hit on roads through which the processions would pass. Besides, congestion is likely to be reported at Mathura Road, Maa Anandmai Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Road No. 56 (opposite to the Anand Vihar Terminal), Road No. 66 (towards Wazirabad), Pankha Road, Palam Dabri Road, Jakhira Flyover to Inderlok Metro Station (Bir Banda Bahadur Singh Marg) and Najafgarh Road from Jakhira to Kishanganj, etc,” a senior traffic police official said.
The public has been advised to avoid the above mentioned routes, co-operate and follow the directions of the traffic policemen deployed along the routes of procession. The traffic police department has requested commuters to plan their travel in advance so that they face the least inconvenience.
Those going to the New Delhi Railway Station, particularly in the evening, should leave in advance and have sufficient time for possible delay in routes.
“For reaching the New Delhi Railway Station, commuters should avoid Connaught Place and reach Ajmeri Gate side through Tilak Marg, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg or through Rajghat and Jawaharlal Nehru Marg depending on the movement of the processions,” the officials added.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic (Hijri) calendar. The 10th day of the month of Muharram is observed as Martyrdom Day of Hazrat Imam Hussain (the grandson of Prophet Mohammad).
Advisory: What should you do
1. Commuters have been advised to take alternate roads. Also, they should avoid using private vehicles and opt for public transport, especially Metro, to save themselves from snarls, especially during rush hours
2. For reaching the New Delhi Railway Station, commuters should avoid Connaught Place and reach Ajmeri Gate side through Tilak Marg, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg or through Rajghat and Jawaharlal Nehru Marg