Residents planning an early morning ride in the New Delhi and Central Delhi areas on Saturday may hit the traffic bump.
The full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade will be held on Saturday morning with traffic restrictions to be put in place from early morning till late in the afternoon.
The parade will start at around 9.50am and make its way from Vijay Chowk to Red Fort, cutting through Vijay Chowk, Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg enroute.
Delhi Traffic Police, in an advisory, have said that all roads in and around central Delhi will remain closed for commuters till late in the afternoon. Vijay Chowk will be closed for all traffic from 6.30pm onwards on Friday. Delhi traffic police said that no vehicles would be allowed from Vijay Chowk to India Gate till the dress rehearsal parade is over on Saturday afternoon.
The C Hexagon at the India gate will also be closed from 9.15am on Saturday, he advisory said.
“From 10.00 am on Saturday, traffic will not be allowed in both directions of Tilak Marg. Cross traffic will only be allowed depending on movement of the parade. Road users are requested to plan their journey in advance accordingly and avoid the route of parade, between 9am to 12.30pm, for their own convenience,” said Sharad Agarwal, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The traffic police on Friday released a map marking the route of the parade and roads available for general traffic in all leading city newspapers of the city.
For those taking Delhi Metro train services, boarding and de-boarding will not be allowed at Central Secretariat, Udhyog Bhavan, Race Course and Patel Chowk.
All inter-state buses coming from Dhaula Kuan will also be terminated at Dhaula Kuan.
Police have also released a list of the suggested routes to ensure that commuters do not face any hassles during the parade.