Amarnath land protests bring city to halt
Normal life was hit in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) towns as saffron activists stopped trains, blocked roads and forced closure of shops in the wake of an All India bandh called on the Amarnath land transfer issue.
Traffic remained disrupted on various arterial roads like Vikas Marg, National Highway 24, DND Flyway, Ring Road and Mathura Road for almost an hour on Thursday morning. Protestors stormed the road, sat on a dharna at important traffic intersections and blocked traffic.
East Delhi was worst affected as the protestors blocked NH 24, Vikas Marg as well as DND flyway throwing traffic movement off the gear during the peak rush hour.
“Traffic did not move for almost 45 minutes on Vikas Marg. There was nowhere to go. Even the connecting roads witnessed bumper to bumper traffic,” said Deepak Malhotra, a bank executive. The spiraling effect of traffic disruption in east Delhi could be felt on Ring Road and Mathura Road as well.
In Noida, roads were blocked and traffic remained disrupted for almost three hours. The protestors also forced shops in various markets to down shutters. The workers of BJP along with the Bajrang Dal and VHP blocked traffic at Rajni Gandha crossing causing traffic jam of over two kilometres.
“It took me more than two hours to get out of the jam at Rajnigandha Chowk and then I got struck in another jam for half an hour,” said Ravinder Kumar, an MNC executive who works in Gurgaon.
At Dadri, BJP workers blocked GT Road and forced shops to close. Minor clashes were reported with vendors. Minor traffic jams were reported on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and other exit points of the city as well.
In Ghaziabad, the protestors blocked traffic at Mohan Nagar in the morning. They also blocked railway line at New Ghaziabad station causing delay to a couple of Delhi-bound express trains.