Tractor march by BKU disrupts traffic along city border with UP

  • | Tuesday | 27th February, 2024

Traffic was affected at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh borders on Monday due to the tractor march held by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), that disrupted vehicular traffic on the Yamuna Expressway.  Farmers have held a march on tractors via the Yamuna Expressway, Luharli toll plaza and Mahamaya flyover on Monday and organised a sit-in near the Yamuna Expressway as police prevented them to go towards the expressway, that led to a massive jams in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. There was heavy traffic at the Chilla border from Delhi towards Noida due to the checking. The traffic was also heavy at the Delhi-Noida Expressway. The Delhi Police has intensified checking at the borders by putting up barricades. BKU national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait alleged the Union government was ignoring the genuine demands of farmers and condemned the atrocities against farmers camping on the Punjab-Haryana border points to press the Centre for various demands, including a legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops. Tikait said that a program has been chalked out to take out a Tractor Chain.A program to take out a Tractor Chain has been chalked out. Tractors will be parked on the highway that leads to Delhi, especially the divider highway. It was decided to register a different kind of protest so that the government would listen to us and not forget the farmers, said farmer leader Rakesh Tikait. Earlier in the morning, Gautam Buddh Nagar Police said intensive checking will be conducted by the Delhi Police as well as the district police by installing barriers at all the border points between the national capital and Noida. Traffic will be diverted in accordance with the situation, it said.  The ongoing farmers protest has also affected the traffic movement at the Singhu and Tikri border points between Delhi and Haryana. On Saturday, the authorities partially reopened the Singhu and Tikri border points, almost two weeks after they were sealed in view of the farmers Delhi Chalo march. One of the commuters wrote on X that the traffic was heavy at Singhu border service road. The vehicles can be seen crawling near the border.  The two border points were sealed on February 13 as the protesting farmers from Punjab began their protest march to press the BJP-led Centre over their demands, including a minimum support price (MSP) for crops and farm loan waiver. Scores of farmers have been camping on the Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala, about 200 kilometres from Delhi, after their march was thwarted by security personnel.  Apart from this, the traffic was also heavy at other places in the national capital. Due to the construction of flyover between Apsara border and Anand Vihar, the vehicular movement was affected near Anand Vihar flyover on both the carriageways.  The commuters also complained about the traffic jams at Sardar Patel Marg and towards Gurgaon from the national capital. At the Shambhu border, regarding the question of SKMs tractor call on Delhi borders, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said, We are holding our protest on our borders. Other farmer leaders are also expressing their protest in different ways. We say that many farmers and farmer leaders also left their egos and came with us. When asked about the talks with the government, Sarwan Singh Pandher said, Invitations for talks with the government are never sent from our side. The invitation was sent by the government itself. We are hoping that the invitation will come soon and things will be resolved. I am saying that even today, restore normalcy, and create a good environment for talks. Someone ran away from talks, and now it is the governments wish.

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