With the protesting farmers sticking to their demand for the repeal of the Centre’s new farm laws, thousands remained at the national capital’s border points on December 4 amid heavy police deployment.
Representative groups of agitating farmers will meet later in the day to discuss the future course of action after talks between them and three Union ministers failed to yield any resolution on December 3.
Protesting farmers from Uttar Pradesh have blocked National Highway-9 near the U.P. Gate while those from Punjab and Haryana are staying put at other border points leading to Delhi.
Another round of discussions between the farmer unions and Centre is slated for December 5.
Security personnel at border points — Singhu, Tikri, Chilla and Ghazipur — stand guard, as the ongoing protests entered their ninth day on December 4.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police suggested alternative routes to commuters entering and exiting the city. The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to inform commuters about the closure of Singhu, Lampur, Auchandi, Safiabad, Piao Maniyari, and Saboli borders. They said National Highway-44 was closed on both sides. Commuters were instructed to take alternative routes via National Highway-8, Bhopra, Apsara border, and Peripheral expressway.
“Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba & GTK road. Avoid Outer Ring Rd , GTK road, NH 44,” the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
According to the police, Tikri and Jharoda borders are closed for any traffic movement while Badusarai border is open only for light motor vehicles like cars and two wheelers. Jhatikara border is open only for two-wheelers.
However, to commute towards Harayana, Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri National Highway-8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera Borders can be used, the police said.
“The Chilla border on Noida link road is closed for traffic from Noida to Delhi due to farmers protests near Gautam Budh Dwar. People are advised to avoid Noida link road for coming to Delhi and use DND,” they said in a tweet.
Since the Ghazipur border on National Highway-24 is closed for traffic, commuters coming from Ghaziabad to Delhi were asked to use the Apsara or Bhopra borders or the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) expressway.
The protesters had on December 2 threatened to block other roads of Delhi in the coming days if the new agriculture laws were not scrapped.