Kanwarias trigger traffic congestions in NCR, commuters complain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2015 13:25 IST
The photo taken from Akshardham flyover shows a huge traffic congestion on NH 24 due to Kanwarias movements in New Delhi (Mohd Zakir/ HT photo)

The Kanwar Yatra, an annual pilgrimage undertaken by Shiva devotees to places of worship, triggered havoc on the busy streets of NCR on Wednesday, with people complaining about traffic movement going for a toss.

Although elaborate arrangements were made by the traffic police for the Kanwaria movement allowing for their safe passage and smooth flow of traffic in NCR, the rush threw road rules out of gear.


Heavy traffic on Delhi roads due to Kanwaria pilgrimage (AFP Photo)

Snarls and congestions made life difficult for people in Gurgaon, Ghaziabad as well as several parts of Delhi.

Voicing their disappointments, commuters took to Twitter to complain about the lack of preparedness by civic authorities.


Heavy traffic on Delhi roads due to Kanwaria pilgrimage (AFP Photo)

The continued rains during monsoons have also exposed the under preparedness and lack of proper road constructions in the NCR region particularly Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon where traffic jams have become a common sight.

Ghaziabad residents have complained about the complete crumbling of a major road that leads from NH-58 towards Raj Nagar Extension, a newly developing area where internal roads are yet to come up.

“It is a major road and also a by-pass road for kanwarias towards Delhi. The road is completely broken down. Forget about being motorable, even pedestrians cannot move over it. At number of places, the agencies have filled the crumbled patches with mud and stone. In case of heavy rains, the areas become too risky for vehicles, especially the smaller vehicles,” said councilor Rajendra Tyagi.

Although senior officials of Ghaziabad municipal-corporation said that they have approved Rs 50 lakh each for every residential ward for various construction works, including patch-work and repair of roads, the residents will have to wait till the end of monsoon season to get a complete revamp of roads in their neighbouring areas.

A number of residential areas in NCR at present suffer from potholed and cratered roads while at other market and commercial areas the roads have completely broken down in patches.

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