Traffic jams continued to terrorise Delhi for the third day on Tuesday with thousands of motorists having to negotiate heavy congestion on the city's arterial roads, mostly in south Delhi, during the day.
Majority of the jams caused on Thursday were due to the traffic restrictions imposed to facilitate the movement of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
If the troubles on the roads were not enough, the closure of three metro stations -- Race Course, Udyog Bhawan, Central Secretariat -- between 11.15am and 12.30pm on to add to the woes of commuters.
The departure of the Chinese premier during the afternoon brought in some relief to commuters as all restrictions were withdrawn. The evening peak hour, however, was bad for commuters travelling between New Delhi and east Delhi due to an IPL qualifier match taking place at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
Due to restrictions imposed on busy arterial road Shyama Prasad Marg till 1.30pm, congestions were seen at Ring Road, Ritz Road, Moti Bagh and Saint Martin Road. "It was a cascading affect as the entire pressure of vehicles was shifted to these roads," said a traffic police officer.
"We had to take extra precaution and impose temporary restrictions on certain other roads in a bid to maintain law and order situation and to ensure security of VVIPs," a police officer said.
The movement of traffic between the airport and Gurgaon was restricted for about half an hour in the afternoon which the Chinese premier made his way to the airport, said a police officer.
Traffic restrictions were imposed on arterial roads such as Bhairon Marg, Mathura road and Ring Road as top leaders of the Central government and Congress party visited Vir Bhumi near Raj Ghat in the morning, traffic police officials said.
"Sardar Patel Marg opened for traffic around 1.30 pm after the Chinese Premier reached IGI Airport to fly out. Till then, motorists moving from central Delhi to Dhaula Kuan and airport were diverted throught Ridge road and Moti Bagh," said a senior traffic police officer.