The movement of Kanwarias triggered traffic snarls on several arterial roads in the national capital, throwing life out of gear in parts of the city. Thousands of devotees gathered at Shiva temples to offer their prayers on Monday, the last day of the holy Kanwar Yatra.
According to the traffic police, the worst-affected was Mathura Road, especially the stretch between Apollo Hospital and Badarpur. Traffic jams were reported from National Highway 24, several stretches on Ring Road and Outer Ring Road, Grand Trunk Road, Loni Road and Kalindi Kunj on the Delhi-Noida highway, among others.
The movement of Kanwarias gave rise to traffic congestion on Rani Jhansi Road from Barafkhana Chowk to Fire Station and on Boulevard Road, Azad Market Chowk and Gokalpuri Flyover.
The Uttar Pradesh police set up diversions for vehicles travelling to Apsara Border and from Maharajpur Border to Ghazipur, causing traffic jams.
“Traffic jams were reported at several places during the day because of the Kanwar Yatra. Normalcy was restored in the evening as most Kanwarias had returned to their destinations after offering their prayers by afternoon,” Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police, traffic, said.
The Kanwar Yatra, which had begun on Thursday, had affected traffic in the past as well.
“We had made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth traffic flow. But it is difficult to manage the situation given the large number of devotees pouring in from all sides,” said a traffic police officer.
“The movement of Kanwarias in Delhi is a big pain. It took me over two hours to reach office in Noida from west Delhi,” said Rajiv Jana, a resident.
The end of the Kanwar Yatra, however, may not be of any major relief. The traffic police have decided to close Sansad Marg for general traffic during the ongoing Parliament session.
The closure of the road may lead to traffic congestions on several arterial roads in central Delhi, said police.