India Gate reels under massive jam

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At snail’s pace: A view of the massive traffic jam at India Gate roundabout in New Delhi on Tuesday evening.
At snail’s pace: A view of the massive traffic jam at India Gate roundabout in New Delhi on Tuesday evening.

Staff Reporter

The police attribute slow-moving traffic to extended weekend

NEW DELHI: Heavy vehicular traffic at India Gate hexagon and connecting roads on Tuesday evening caused great inconvenience to motorists who were caught in the slow-moving traffic for hours.

Om Prakash Kohli, a resident of Rohini Sector 9 who was caught in the traffic jam, said: “I was stuck at India Gate for almost an hour. The traffic was moving at a snail’s pace. It took me almost two hours to get out of the mess.”

Prahald Shoukeen, a resident of Pitampura, who had come to India Gate to spend the evening with his family, said: “I rue my decision. It would have been better if I had stayed put at home. The traffic jam has poured water over all our plans for tonight.”

Several people returning home from office were caught in the slow-moving traffic.

“I planned to go for a movie tonight with my family. I had left a little earlier than usual to make it in time. But I do not think I will be able to reach in time,” said Manish Chauhan, a resident of Sarojini Nagar who was on his way home.

Some were lucky to have been warned by their friends and took alternative routes. “One of my colleagues who left before me told me about the slow traffic at India Gate. Though I avoided the hexagon, traffic on the connecting routes was also crawling,” said Anand, a journalist.

Contingency plan

For their part, the police attributed the heavy traffic to the extended weekend.

“It seems people turned out in great numbers at India Gate after the three public holidays. We got information about the jams around 7 p.m. and put a contingency plan in action. The situation improved an hour later,” said Joint Commissioner of Police, S.N. Shrivastava, who himself reached the spot on being informed about the slow-moving traffic.

Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Shankar Dash said: “We deployed 14 traffic inspectors under the supervision of the area Deputy Commissioner of Police to clear the traffic. Local police staff also helped them.”

Election ticket-seekers and their supporters thronging Haryana Bhavan on Copernicus Marg was cited as one of the reasons for the jams around India Gate.

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