Barricading for farmers protest clogs traffic along Delhi borders

  • | Thursday | 22nd February, 2024

Commuters taking the border routes of Delhi-Noida, Anand Vihar, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Ballabhgarh witnessed massive traffic jams on Wednesday due to massive security arrangements and barricades, rod blockades put up at different entry points by the Delhi police to stop the farmers from entering the national capital after protesting farmers announced to continue their Delhi Chalo agitation.  Huge traffic and congestion were reported at the three Inter State Bus Terminals- Kashmeri Gate ISBT, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. The move led to traffic chaos at places like Rajokri border, Sarhol border, Delhi-Gurugram Highway (NH-48) and Delhi-Bahadurgarh Highway during the peak hours in morning and evening.   Several videos were shared online of hundreds of vehicles stuck in traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Bahadurgarh roads due to the restriction of movement.  Multi-layered barricades have been put up at several locations.   Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has beefed up security in the national capital on Wednesday and directed its personnel to ensure strict vigil at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders after the protesting farmers announced to continue their Delhi Chalo agitation. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) Jimmy Chiram said there was sufficient deployment of the force besides paramilitary personnel at the Delhi-Haryana borders.  "Our motive is not to disturb traffic. Our main motive is to ensure safety, security and law and order. Deployed teams are checking all the vehicles to ensure that farmers do not enter the national capital," said the DCP. The Delhi Police became alert again in view of the farmers protest in Manesar on Tuesday and their proposed march to Delhi.   Police checked the ID cards of the drivers and then only allowed them to go further. That, and closing of the service lanes near Rajokri, caused a glut of vehicles on the expressway.  The barricades were later removed by the Gurugram and Delhi Police and the normal run of the traffic restored. .  "The entire team of traffic police managed the traffic within time. After some time the traffic was smooth there," Traffic Inspector Satish Kumar said.  The Gurugram Traffic Police had earlier alerted travellers about the impending jam in a post on X. The two border points of Delhi and Haryana - Tikri and Singhu - are sealed with the heavy deployment of police personnel and paramilitary forces and multi-layered barricades of concrete and iron nails. Two lanes of the Ghazipur border have also been shut with multi-layer barricades and deployment of police personnel. Two lanes of the Ghazipur border have also been shut, expected to cause heavy traffic in the area. The border can also be shut down if need be, Delhi Police said.  Another officer said the Delhi Police was prepared to stop the farmers at the Delhi borders. Security personnel have been directed to not allow even a single protester or vehicle to enter Delhi, he said, adding that mock security drills were conducted. The Delhi Police said earlier that there is a heavy deployment of security personnel and multi-layered barricading, iron nails and concrete barriers in place at these borders. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has issued an advisory that it will be implementing for five days a plan on a trial basis to avoid frequent traffic jams at the Bagga roundabout.  The trial will be started from Thursday, it said.  According to the advisory issued on Wednesday, the Faiz Road will be open for one-way traffic from the Bagga roundabout towards Rani Jhansi Road.  During the trial period, the vehicles going towards Rani Jhansi Road via the roundabout will take the Faiz Road. Traffic will be prohibited in the opposite carriage way, it said.  The traffic coming on the Faiz Road from the Bagga roundabout will be allowed to take only left turn at the Kalka Das chowk towards Desh Bandhu Gupta Road. At this point, the right turn towards Desh Bandhu Gupta Road will be prohibited. The traffic going straight towards Rani Jhansi Road via Kalka Das Chowk will be allowed, it stated.  The traffic coming on Desh Bandhu Gupta Road from Karol Bagh side will be allowed only to move straight up to the Rani Jhansi Road. This traffic will not be allowed to take the right turn towards the Faiz Road, it said.  The traffic coming from Paharganj railway station side will be allowed to move straight and will not be allowed to take left turn towards the Faiz Road, the advisory said. The traffic coming on the New Rohtak Road from the Liberty Cinema side will be allowed only up to the T-Point Rohtak Road and will also be allowed to take left turn to reach the Rani Jhansi Flyover. At this point, the traffic will not be allowed to take night turn towards the Faiz Road, it stated.  The traffic coming from the T-Point Rohtak Road on the New Rohtak Road will be allowed only to move straight and not to take left or right turn on the Faiz Road, the advisory said, adding that the commuters are advised to follow the directions of the traffic police personnel posted in the area to avoid inconvenience.

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