Traffic snarls & chaos hit Delhi-Ghaziabad border

Ghaziabad: After the sealing orders of Delhi-Ghaziabad borders came into effect, the Ghaziabad police restricted movement of vehicles between Delhi and Ghaziabad that led to chaos and long traffic snarls at the border on Tuesday morning. The sealing of borders was followed by Ghaziabad DM's order of restricting entry of people and vehicles from national Capital as maximum number of positive cases found in the district had their links with Delhi.

Later in the day, Noida joined Ghaziabad in sealing its border with Delhi allowing only those involved in supply of essential needs, medical services, engaged in Covid-19 services with government, media persons and central government employees. DM GB Nagar Suhas LY said that the exempted persons must have a valid pass issued from the district administration or their concerned government offices to commute between the two areas. For media persons who have to commute to their offices from Delhi or the other way round must procure a pass from police department or district administration.

While stopping the movement of people between the two areas, Ghaziabad police also refused to allow those involved in essential services like people from Home Ministry, MCD, doctors and media persons who were moving to Delhi or the other way around. Barricading were put into place at three places including Vijay Nagar, Khoda and UP Gate.

As a result, the commuters who were forced of being stopped at the border areas had heated arguments with cops as many of them belonged to essential services including health department, banks, MCD and others. However, the situation was brought under control after the DM intervened and restored allowing essential services.

Ajay Shankar Pandey, District Magistrate of Ghaziabad said that any vehicle except those involved in medical facilities, para-medical staff, police and vehicles of essential needs will not be allowed entry. "The officials working with Delhi government and are staying in Ghaziabad will have to procure passes from their offices, a copy of which will be submitted with Ghaziabad district administration. As only 30 per cent staff of Delhi government and Central government are allowed, we must have details of all these employees to avoid any confusion" said Pandey.

The officer further said that police would not let them go to Delhi on the basis of their office ID cards. "For the media person, whose office is located in Delhi, they will be allowed passage through their office media identity cards only. There is no need to get any additional pass from administration", said DM

Following the orders, heavy police force and two teams of PAC were deployed at Ghaziabad-Delhi border by police chief. "We are only allowing those involved in essential services otherwise they would be sent back. Truck carrying items of essential needs will be allowed entry without any restrictions," said Kalanidhi Naithani, Senior Superintendent of Ghaziabad police.

Meanwhile, a member of quarantine inspection team at Delhi who was stopped by cops at the border said that even after being clearly mentioned in the order to allow movement of essential services, cops interpreted the order in different manner and are unnecessary troubling people. "I live in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad and my office is located in Karkardooma. I have to reach office as my team is waiting to conduct inspection at several places in Delhi. I had to stand for nearly an hour after senior officials from Delhi health department intervened," said Dr. Manish Pratap Singh, member of Quarantine Inspection team.

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