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Cancel Sunday trip to Connaught Place

Drop all your plans of visiting Connaught Place (CP) this Sunday.

delhi Updated: Oct 07, 2010 00:37 IST

Drop all your plans of visiting Connaught Place (CP) this Sunday.

Two Commonwealth Games events — cycling and marathon — will make the area out of bounds for pedestrians and motorists from Sunday morning. Following this, all shops and restaurants at Janpath and CP will invariably remain closed.

On Saturday, a 20 kilometre 'race walk' will be held at Parliament Street and Rajpath from 6.30 am to 10 am, making it out of bounds for vehicular and pedestrian movement.

The traffic police have ringed Connaught Place and parts of India Gate with 'iron-made security fences', which means you will not be allowed to even walk in the corridors of the shopping hub.

More than 200 CCTV cameras have been placed on the cycling route. The roads in the inner, outer circles of CP and Janpath will turn into "field of play" so no one except the cyclists would be allowed.

"Two cycling events are planned in CP from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. The security fences have been put up so that no one crosses over the field of play area. No parking and vehicles will be allowed in and around CP. Even DDU Marg that merges with ITO will be closed," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Commandos and snipers on rooftops would be deployed on the 13-kilometre route.
Entry will be restricted from KG Marg, Barakhamba Road and Parliament Street from Saturday night.
"We will sanitise the entire route from Saturday night which includes checking of manholes also," said a senior police officer.

Traffic will be affected near ITO also as the entire DDU carriageway will be closed for traffic. The restrictions at CP will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The traders are naturally angry over the traffic restrictions.
"We were closed last Sunday also due to the opening ceremony. For the last two years, we have been suffering due to the construction. There is no clear directive from the government. If we are not even allowed to cross the road then obviously we will be forced to shut shop," said Atul Bhargava, president of the traders body.