Diwali shopping affects Delhi – NCR Roads

Mahender Singh, New Delhi:

Festive shopping unleashed massive traffic jams on the in almost all
parts of the city on Thursday. As thousands of shoppers thronged the
markets to make the last minute purchases, traffic discharge was
crippled on the roads. Apart from the ongoing festive rush, traffic
restrictions due to VIP movements and road cave-in at Zakir Husain
Marg spelt troubles for the commuters. Breakdown of a heavy vehicle on
National Highway 24 in the morning aggravated the traffic condition in
East Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad.

The traffic restrictions were imposed in and around Shakti Sthal on
the day to facilitate the VIP movement on the eve of Indira Gandhi’s
29th death anniversary. “Traffic movement was restricted at the Teen
Murti roundabout in the evening. Traffic movement was also restricted
around 1 Safdarjung Marg, the office of former PM of India, Indira
Gandhi,” said a traffic police official.

Commuters whined that traffic discharge was crippled from Nizamuddin
to India Gate in the morning as the road caved-in at Zakir Husain
Marg. Normalcy could only be restored post 4 pm, when the road was
repaired. “Traffic was crawling at the Oberoi flyover in the morning
due to diversions. The situation was worse on the Subramania Bharati
Marg and Zakir Husain Marg,” said Mohit Sharma, a hassled software

Traffic was heavy at NH-24 on Ghazipur Border due to break down of a
trolla carrying heavy electrical equipment. Commuters complained that
they got stuck for hours on the highway, as the vehicle could only be
removed by evening.  Due to this, the arterial roads to East Delhi
areas including Vikas Marg, NH 24 and Laxmi Nagar to Ghaziabad,
Indirapuram, Mohan Nagar, Kaushamabi and Noida were severely affected.
According to Delhi traffic Police, traffic was heavy on Maa Anand Mai
Marg and Mehrauli Badarpur (MB) road due to an accident inside the
container depot in Tughlaqabad.

Despite it being a weekday, long queues of cars could be seen around
many markets as shoppers thronged the market places to finish up the
last minute purchases. As Delhiites went shopping in large numbers,
massive snarls were triggered in almost all parts of the city
including Paharganj, Chandni Chowk, Pitampura, Rohini, Badarpur, R.K.
Puram, Lajpat Nagar, Chirag Dilli, Yusuf Sarai, Malviya Nagar and
Sarai Kale Khan. “It took me 45 minutes to reach Moolchand from Chirag
Dilli, a distance which can be covered in 15 minutes usually,” said
Nishtha Singh, an engineering student.

The festive rush was not just limited to the roads as metro stations
too were overflowing with commuters in the evening as people went
shopping. Traffic situation is expected to get even more troublesome
for the commuters, with more shoppers hitting the road ahead of the
festival of lights on Sunday and Bhai Duj on Tuesday.