In view of the upcoming Kanwar yatra in which lakhs of Kanwarias will pass through Ghaziabad district, the traffic police have announced that national highway (NH) 58 will be out of bounds for vehicular traffic from 8am on July 24 till August 1. Traffic bound for Meerut and Uttarakhand will be diverted through NH24.
Officials said heavy vehicles will be barred from NH58 from the morning of July 24 and light motor vehicles will be barred from July 28. Diversions for both kinds of vehicles will remain till August 1.
As part of the yatra, an estimated 2 to 2.5 crore Kanwarias will walk home from Haridwar with cans of Ganga water over their shoulders to offer the water in the Shiva temples in their respective hometowns. Groups of Kanwarias also use trucks and mini trucks for the journey.
Officials expect nearly 35% of Kanwarias from Haryana, 30% each from UP and Delhi and the remaining 5% from Rajasthan. Kanwarias majorly follow the NH58 route from Haridwar and the highway has to be shut down for regular traffic to avoid any accidents or untoward incidents.
“Vehicles using NH58 will not be allowed to use the highway during the diversion period as it will witness major Kanwaria movement. Instead, vehicles from Delhi will go via UP Gate, Vijay Nagar bypass, Dasna, Pilkhuwa, Hapur and then towards Meerut,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic).
Vehicles coming from Loni will move towards Bhopra border and then towards Seemapuri border in Delhi. Thereafter, they will use the main road towards Anand Vihar and follow the route towards Hapur from UP Gate.
“Since NH24 will be heavily burdened, we will deploy additional leopard bikes, traffic sub-inspectors, PCR vans and vans from local police stations to ensure smooth flow of traffic. We have also asked the office of Inspector General (IG) of police, Meerut range, to provide us with additional force of 10 head constables, 30 constables and 80 home guards to manage the traffic better,” Kumar added.
As part of the arrangements, police have also bridged unauthorised exits and broken dividers on NH58 within Ghaziabad’s jurisdiction, using nearly 100 New Jersey (cemented) barriers.
As most heavy vehicles will use NH24 during the diversion period, officials have also barred their entry into trans-Hindon areas from Indirapuram crossing, Kala Patthar and CISF intersection.