Those who did not pay heed to the Delhi Traffic Police’s advisory had a harrowing time driving on arterial roads in central Delhi till noon on Monday as the entire central Delhi was choked due to the Republic Day dress rehearsal. Traffic movement was very slow on some roads while at other parts of the city, it came to a standstill.
The road users, especially the office goers, had to face hardships while commuting towards their work areas during morning peak hours. Arterial roads, including those around C Hexagon, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, Vijay Chowk, the area near Rajpath, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg, were jam packed with vehicular traffic. Situation went out of gear around 9.30am.
Traffic was also heavy near Pragati Maidan and all the roads leading to Bhairon Road, Nizamuddin and Mandi House were also choked. Since the route leading towards New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations were diverted, many commuters who were unaware about the diversions got stuck for hours.
“Several Central Delhi roads saw congestions during morning hours but our men handled the situation well. Normalcy was restored without any major disruption,” said a senior officer of the Delhi Traffic Police.
Situation will get worse on Thursday — the Republic day — if people, especially with cars, do not avoid Central Delhi roads, they said. Like every year, there would be some restrictions in Delhi Metro as well on Thursday. However, this is yet to be finalised, said sources in DMRC.