Delhi jams. Yes, again
Excited VHP and BJP raised slogans and brought traffic to a standstill in the National Capital Region while thousands of motorists rued the lost hours, report HT Correspondents.delhi Updated: Aug 14, 2008 00:50 IST
It was a study in contrast. Excited Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised slogans and brought traffic to a standstill in the National Capital Region while thousands of motorists rued the lost hours and wasted fuel.
The saffron blockade, to protest against withdrawal of land rights granted to the Amarnath shrine board, wasn’t the only problem motorists faced on Wednesday. The downpour added to their woes as key spots flooded.
The blockade disrupted 48 major intersections during morning peak hour. Over 800 persons, including many politicians were detained.
Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Lajpat Nagar, IP Estate, Mehrauli, Laxmi Nagar, and Akshardham junction were the worst affected. “It took me 30 minutes to cross the IP Extension stretch. It’s barely two kilometres long and normally takes five minutes,” said Sandeep Singh, who travels from Vaishali to Barakhamba Road every day.