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Wedding rush this week, gear up for traffic jams

delhi Updated: Nov 27, 2011 01:41 IST
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The big fat Delhi weddings are back.

More than 5,000 couples will get married every day till the end of the coming week and if you’re not invited to any one of these weddings, think twice before venturing out.

The next five days are considered auspicious for weddings in the Hindu calendar.

Almost all community centres and barat ghars run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council are full, so are private farmhouses and banquet halls.

The not-so-pleasant fallout: traffic snarls.

“Most marriage venues fall on arterial routes. We will be working in tandem with the local police to ensure smooth flow of traffic at many points that are likely to get choked,” said Satyendra Garg, joint CP (traffic).

Police said congestion was expected especially at Mehrauli and Chattarpur in the south and New Rohtak Road and Karol Bagh in the north.

Wedding-related jams would be next to impossible to avoid not only for commuters criss-crossing the Capital to or from work, but also for commercial vehicles entering and exiting the city after dark.

“There’ll be adequate deployment at several intersections across the city to regulate traffic — both wedding-related and otherwise,” Garg said.