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VVIPs, Left expected to put brakes on traffic

Staying home on Thursday morning may turn out to be the wisest thing to do.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 01:51 IST

Staying home on Thursday morning may turn out to be the wisest thing to do. But for the majority of us who must venture out, navigating the VVIP security bandobast and traffic jams triggered by protest rallies promise to make it a very difficult day.

Also, don't be too perturbed if you find your cellphone conks off in the vicinity of Maurya Sheraton — security agencies have installed jammers to block all mobile calls in the neighbourhood of the Delhi address of the President of the United States.

Wednesday’s protest rally by Muslims, that threw traffic out of gear, would appear a smooth ride compared to what’s in store on Thursday, the traffic department warns.

On Wednesday, the Delhi Traffic Police put up banners at several places exhorting people to avoid India Gate, Connaught Place and Ramlila Grounds from 10 am to 4 pm on March 2. “Please take the advisory seriously,” it pleaded.

In an unprecedented move, the CBSE has also instructed all the 529 examination centres in the city to allow students reaching late to write their paper and compensate them for lost time. Class X students begin their exams on Thursday. “Students need not panic. No one will be stopped from appearing in the exam. They will also be given full three hours to finish the paper. We expect many students to be delayed,” CBSE controller of examinations Pavnesh Kumar said.

And it won’t just be because US President George Bush will visit the Rajghat or Laura Bush Noida and South Delhi. The protest rally by the Left and SP will jam traffic movement. Students of JNU and DU, led by American Tyler William Walker, will also take out a rally against the visitors from US.

Thousands of rallyists will start gathering at the Ramlila Grounds by 10 am and start marching to Jantar Mantar by 11.30 pm. They are expected to cross Ranjit Singh flyover and Tolstoy Marg to reach Jantar Mantar. The rallyists are expected to disperse by 4 pm.

Buses bringing the rallyists will be parked near IG Stadium, Samata Sthal, Shantivan, and the service road at Rajghat. These will not be allowed to enter New Delhi area.

Traffic police say that Connaught Place may not be accessible after 11 am. People having offices in and around CP must reach by 9.30/10 am.

They are also advised to use the Metro from East Delhi, North, North-West and West Delhi. People coming from South Delhi can park their vehicles on Rafi Marg Metro Parking and take the Metro to CP. No goods vehicle wil be allowed into the ISBT to the Nizamuddin Bridge (Sarai Kale Khan) stretch of the Ring Road. No rickshaw will be allowed in the Ring Road from East Delhi.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 01:08 IST