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Ride in Delhi remains smooth

It was expected to be a manic Monday. Especially during the peak traffic hours ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to several places in New Delhi and central Delhi.

delhi Updated: Nov 08, 2010 23:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

It was expected to be a manic Monday. Especially during the peak traffic hours ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to several places in New Delhi and central Delhi. However, commuters' decision to leave private vehicles at home fearing chaos and, possibly, better management on part of the traffic police did the trick.

“Anticipating massive jams, I left home 15-20 minutes early. However, to my surprise, it turned out to be a smooth ride even when I crossed the Ring Road at ITO,” Kuldeep Kumar, a resident of Mayur Vihar, said.

Traffic snarls were expected at ITO, Delhi Gate, Rajghat and India Gate C Hexagon as Obama was scheduled to visit Rajghat, Patiala House and Hyderabad House between 10 am and 1 pm.

“I drove past ITO and India Gate C Hexagon at around 12.20 pm and found smooth traffic. I was apprehensive that I will get stuck, but I did not,” Jatin Pandey said.

Police claimed that Delhi commuters did not face hassles as a result of the deployment of 667 traffic policemen.

“The decision not to impose restrictions on general traffic movement actually helped save city commuters from major traffic chaos,” a senior traffic police officer said.

Through its SMS traffic update system, Delhi traffic police had informed users in the morning that vehicular movement will be affected between 9-11 am and again between 11 am to 2 pm.

“However, we did not impose complete restrictions on traffic movement and stopped traffic only when the US president’s convoy passed,” Ajay Chadha, special commissioner of police (traffic), said.

On Tuesday, Obama is slated to leave for the Indira Gandhi International Airport at 8.35 am on Tuesday to fly to Indonesia at 9.05 am. The closure of the route is likely to affect traffic.

First Published: Nov 08, 2010 23:57 IST