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Traffic throws no surprises ahead of Diwali

Traffic congestion on Delhi’s roads continued on Sunday thanks to the pre-Diwali rush. As people went around distributing gifts and visiting markets, traffic flow remained torturously slow in many parts of the Capital.

delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2008 00:35 IST
HT Correspondent

Traffic congestion on Delhi’s roads continued on Sunday thanks to the pre-Diwali rush. As people went around distributing gifts and visiting markets, traffic flow remained torturously slow in many parts of the Capital.

“The traffic was very slow despite it being a Sunday. While going towards Kaushambhi, I was stuck at the Ghazipur crossing on NH-24 for close to half-an-hour and could clear the crossing only after four traffic signal cycles,” said Abhishek Sharma, a marketing executive.

“There was heavy traffic on the roads and as a result traffic movement was slow,” said SN Shrivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic). “However, there were no bottlenecks as we had made adequate arrangements across the city,” he said.

The areas worst affected on Sunday were Aurobindo Marg, Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, NH-8, Jail Road, Vikas Marg, Mother Dairy, NH-24, Janakpuri, Tilak Nagar and Najafgarh Road. While there was not much effect of pre-Diwali rush in New Delhi areas like Connaught Place, west and east Delhi were heavily affected.

“Traffic at Aurobindo Marg and Green Park main market was horrible. There were so many cars that there was not enough space to even walk,” said Vijay Kumar, a Moti Bagh resident. “Apart from traffic policemen, there were also a lot of local police personnel out on the roads to control the traffic,” he said.

People coming from Gurgaon to Delhi also complained of heavy traffic on NH-8. “There was not a major jam on the road but the number of cars was too heavy for a Sunday,” said Geeta Chopra, a housewife. “The stretch of Outer Ring Road near Vasant Vihar was clogged,” she said.

Apart from arterial roads, traffic also came to a standstill near popular markets. “There is heavy security at markets and cars are not allowed inside anywhere,” Chopra said.

“We have deployed cranes in large numbers to tow away cars parked in an unauthorised manner. Parking is regulated near markets and we are ensuring that people don’t park their cars on the road.

Roads like Aurobindo Marg, Outer Ring Road and Vikas Marg were badly affected because of construction work.