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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 11, 2012
Massive traffic jams were reported from almost all parts of the city for the second consecutive day on Saturday, creating havoc in the run up to Diwali.

The situation is going to turn worse on Sunday because the city will celebrate Dhanteras. Traffic snarls are expected to continue till Thursday when the Bhai Dooj festival will be celebrated.

Due to heavy traffic, people venturing out to distribute Diwali gifts to friends and relatives or to shop at markets have complained about getting stuck in traffic jams on city roads for hours.

According to the Delhi traffic police, the worst affected is Ring Road which leads to many other important markets in the city.

"I had to visit a couple of relatives in south Delhi and it took me two hours to get there, a journey which usually takes just half an hour," said Pankaj Singh, a resident of east Delhi's Mayur Vihar.

Traffic policemen in many parts of the city switched off traffic signals to manually manage vehicle movement more efficiently.

As per the Delhi police, the solution lies in using the Delhi Metro instead of relying on private vehicles.

"If more and more people use the Metro instead of private cars, the jams can be reduced to a great extent," said a traffic police officer, manning a busy intersection near Green Park in south Delhi.

With IANS inputs