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Bush visit causes traffic snarls in Capital

Roads leading to India Gate hexagon and Connaught Place were closed as Bush travelled to Rashtrapati Bhawan.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 11:36 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A thick security blanket was thrown across Delhi as US President George W Bush, toured parts of the city, causing major traffic snarls at several places.

The roads leading to the India Gate hexagon and Connaught Place were closed for traffic as Bush travelled to Rashtrapati Bhawan for the ceremonial welcome.

Bush later visited Mahatma Gandhi's samadhi at Rajghat to pay his respects to the Father of the Nation.

The city witnessed huge traffic jams at several places as the Ring Road was closed for vehicles near the Rajghat in the morning hours leading to delays for office-goers.

Unprecedented security measures are in place in Delhi, particularly in Chanakyapuri and Lutyen's Bungalow Zone areas -- the regions where Bush would have his stay and engagements.

Additional police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in and around the places Bush and his entourage would be visiting during their stay in the Capital, sources said.

The US Secret Service agents, camping in Delhi for the last two months, have virtually sealed off the floor in Maurya Sheraton Hotel, where Bush would be staying, and have installed hi-tech gadgets to ward off any threat.

The elaborate security checks have been carried out at both the hotels, which have been declared out of bounds for general public.

Delhi Police has also advised citizens to avoid travel to Connaught Place, India Gate area and Ramlila Grounds tomorrow between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 11:36 IST