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Traffic jams likely in Delhi from Tuesday to Friday amid restrictions

Blockades and jams might happen on Tuesday as several arterial roads will be barricaded for the full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade that will start at 9.50am and is expected to end by 12pm.

delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2018 11:46 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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Marching contingent of Ladakh Scouts during the Republic Day parade rehearsal at Rajpath in Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)

Commuters can face traffic jams on Tuesday and Friday as road restrictions will be in place in large parts of central Delhi due to two key events – Republic Day celebrations and an ASEAN summit.

Blockades and jams are likely to happen on Tuesday as several arterial roads will be closed and barricaded for the full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade that will start at 9.50am and is expected to end by 12pm.

Though Metro services will be available at all stations, boarding and de-boarding at four key stations in central Delhi will not be permitted till 12pm on Tuesday. Boarding and de-boarding at Kendriya Sachivalaya and Udyog Bhawan stations will remain suspended between 5am and 12pm.

At 7, Lok Kalyan Marg (7, Race Course Road), and Patel Chowk stations, the restriction will start at 8.45am and continue till 12pm, an advisory issued by the traffic police said.

Commuters will have to take a longer route to reach their destinations since traffic will not be allowed along the parade rehearsal route on Rajpath, from Vijay Chowk to India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar (BSZ) Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg till Red Fort.

According to the Delhi Traffic Police, the stretch from Vijay Chowk to India Gate on Rajpath will remain closed from 6pm on Monday till the parade rehearsal is over for the day. No cross traffic will be allowed at Fari Marg, Janpath and Man Singh Road from 11pm on Monday till the parade rehearsal is over.

“C-Hexagon India Gate will be closed for traffic from 9am on Tuesday till the parade crosses Tilak Marg. From 10am on Tuesday, traffic on both stretches on Tilak Marg, BSZ Marg, and Netaji Subhash Marg will not be allowed. Cross traffic will only be allowed depending on the parade movement,” Garima Bhatnagar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said.

Traffic police have requested commuters to plan their journey accordingly and avoid the restricted routes. But the journey is unavoidable, the commuters have been advised to take the alternate routes. Those planning to take the north-south corridors can use ring road from Ashram Chowk till Rajghat via Sarai Kale Khan.

They can also take a detour using Madrasa-Lodhi Road T point and Mandir Marg via Aurobindo Marg, AIIMS Chowk, Dhaula Kuan, Vande Mataram Marg, and Shankar Road. Similarly, for the east-west corridor, some of the suggested routes are Mathura Road, Bhairon Road, Dhaula Kuan, ISBT Kashmere Gate, Chandgi Ram Akhara, IP College, Azadpur, among others.

Delhi Traffic Police officials said the road restrictions and criss-cross traffic will be in place because of the heads of 10 countries, who are expected to reach the city on Wednesday and Thursday to attend the main event of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on Thursday and the Republic Day parade at Rajpath the next day.

Their itinerary includes visits to the summit venue at the Taj Palace Hotel on Sardar Patel Marg and to Rashtrapati Bhavan for the at-home ceremony on the afternoon of January 26. The leaders are likely to stay at five-star hotels on Sardar Patel Marg, Man Singh Road, Zakir Hussain Marg and in Chanakyapuri.

Traffic police chief Dependra Pathak said that no route will be closed completely for the public on Wednesday and Thursday, but commuters could be stopped for some time to let the dignitaries pass.

Traffic officials said a fresh advisory will be issued for the Republic Day celebrations scheduled on Friday.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 11:20 IST