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BRICS summit: Brace for traffic chaos

delhi Updated: Mar 23, 2012 00:34 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
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One of the busiest roads of the Capital, Sardar Patel Marg, will be closed for general traffic from early morning till evening next Thursday, when India will host BRICS summit for the first time ever.

This is the road that connects West Delhi, Southwest Delhi and Gurgaon with New Delhi and Central Delhi and caters to lakhs of commuters every day.

Some of the other major arterial roads where restrictions will be imposed for safe and hassle free VIP movements include Akbar Road, Teen Murti Marg, Rajesh Pilot Marg, Tees January Marg, Sardar Patel Marg, Pandara Road and Safdarjung Road.

Heads of state of four different countries, apart from India, will be in Delhi to participate in the BRICS Summit, being hosted for the first time by India on March 29.

Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese premier Hu Jintao, South African president Jacob Zuma are scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Wednesday to participate in the summit where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will receive them. The delegates will stay at Taj Palace, Maurya Sheraton, Taj Man Singh Hotel and Oberoi, while the summit will take place at Taj Palace, said sources.

"Better avoid New Delhi area on Wednesday and Thursday. The city is going to hear the sounds of sirens once again and this time on a large scale," said an officer of Delhi traffic police, requesting anonymity.

"During their stay, the delegates would also visit the President's and the Prime Minister's houses. For their safe and smooth movement, we would impose restrictions on several arterial roads in Central Delhi that may cause serious traffic inconveniences. We will try to minimise the inconvenience to people but security and protocol considerations have to be kept in mind," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

He said on some roads both the carriageways will have to be blocked for movement of the guests from China in view of security considerations and there would be certain restrictions in the proximity of place where the summit is to be held.

The traffic police would conduct full rehearsals to avoid mismanagement and traffic chaos, Garg added.