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Testing times for commuters on US President’s route

Soon after the US President arrived on Sunday morning and headed towards the ITC Maurya Sheraton hotel, massive traffic snarls were reported in south Delhi. Later in the day, when the President’s cavalcade started criss-crossing roads on central Delhi and New Delhi, congestions were also reported in Connaught Place, Mathura Road, Bhagwan Dass Road and ITO.

The areas affected most in the morning hours were Rao Tula Ram Marg and the Ring Road stretch in close proximity to Dhaula Kuan. The ripple effect on Ring Road soon spread to Mayapuri area on the western end and AIIMS in the east. “Because it was a Sunday, the situation came under control by afternoon,” said a traffic official.

The entire route between the Air Force station at Palam and ITC Maurya Sheraton in Sardar Patel Marg was closed for commuters one hour before the US President’s arrival. Commuters moving to and from the IGI Airport were prohibited from taking NH-8 and were asked to use either the Vasant Kunj approach road or take a diversion through Rao Tula Ram Marg.

From 9 am, both carriageways on the Sardar Patel Marg and the stretch from Sardar Patel Marg to Panchsheel Marg (till Dhaula Kuan) was out of bounds. Commuters on that road had to take either Saint Martin Marg or Manas Marg. This led to long tailbacks on the Ring Road stretch near Moti Bagh. The situation was aggravated by the large part of the road blocked because of metro construction in progress.
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