R-Day Special: Delhi Drags Itself As Traffic Woes Surge
Bickering about traffic is an integral part of the conversations people in Delhi engage themselves in. This is one of those difficult aspects one has to deal with if one has chosen to stay in the national capital, a place notorious for its traffic snarls. Past few days have been particularly difficult for Delhi commuters as the security has been beefed up in the national capital to prepare it for the Republic-Day celebrations. Coupled together, traffic restrictions on several routes, the cold weather and light rains have wrought much trouble to daily travellers. That is not all.
The India-ASEAN commemorative summit will be held on January 25 in the city. Leaders of 10 countries will be arriving in Delhi amid stricter traffic restrictions.
Taking into account all these factors, the Delhi Traffic Police have urged search engine Google to show and inform people on Google Maps about the traffic restrictions and alternative routes that will be in place for the Republic Day parade.
Roads you should avoid
Owing to the full-dress rehearsal on January 23, Metro commuters were forced to walk in the rain to reach their offices as the entry and the exit of many Metro stations in Lutyens' Delhi were restricted. Also, heavy jam was witnessed on the Ring Road and the Vikas Marg due to the closure of many roads. The two roads are among the most frequently used routes among daily commuters. Traffic restrictions were put in place late on January 22 in Lutyens' Delhi and areas around India Gate. These restrictions are set to continue till the January 26 celebrations are over.
The ceremonial parade on January 26 is slated to begin at 9:50 am from Vijay Chowk, and proceed towards the Red Fort Grounds through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.
Owing to that the entry and the exit will be closed at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan Metro stations from midnight till 12.30 pm. Patel Chowk and Race Course Metro stations will be closed for entry and exit from 8.45 am till 12.30 pm.
According to an advisory by the Delhi Traffic Police, commuters should avoid the Satya Marg, the Shanti Path, the Teen Murti roundabout, the South Avenue Road, the Dara Shikoh Road, the Akbar Road, the Krishna Menon Marg, the Vijay Chowk, the Mother Teresa Crescent Road, the Sardar Patel Marg, the Panchsheel Marg, the San Martin Marg, the Kautilya Marg, the Tyag Raj Marg, the Safdarjung Road, the Kushak Road and the K Kamraj Marg on January 25 and January 26.
There will be diversions in the routes of buses bound for Central Secretariat, Connaught Place, the Tughlaq Road, the Shah Jahan Road and south Delhi.
Commuters can use the Aurobindo Marg, India Gate, the W-Point, Vikas Marg and the Aurobindo Marg-AIIMS-Ring Road- Moti Bagh-Dhaula Kuan-Vande Matram Marg.