On Monday, commuters across the Capital, especially those crossing Raj Ghat area or anywhere else via Sardar Patel Marg, might want to brace themselves for diversions and traffic snags.
Because, from 8am to 10pm on November 7, the traffic police have plans to impose traffic restrictions on several routes to ensure a smooth passage for US President Barack Obama, who will reach Capital on Monday morning.
According to the traffic police, several important arterial roads in the city could have restricted traffic movement on Monday. Satyendra Garg, the joint commissioner of police (traffic) said the "affected areas" might include ITO area, Ashoka Road, India Gate, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Copernicus Marg and Sardar Patel Marg.
"There might be restrictions on movement of general traffic between 8am and 10pm at some important arterial roads on Monday," Garg said. "But they will be imposed as and when required, according to (the US President's) travel plans."
"We would advise commuters to try and avoid Rajghat and Delhi Gate on Monday morning," he said. "But if they cannot avoid these roads, they must take into account the security arrangements and be prepared for a possible delay of at least 15 minutes."
A traffic official, requesting anonymity, said the US President might be taken to ITC Maurya via national highway-8 and Sardar Patel Marg.