Commuters fume over traffic curbs

Commuters fume over traffic curbs

Commuters in Delhi were left stranded for hours on the roads as traffic restrictions were imposed Wednesday, a day before the BRICS summit.

Many complained that the traffic restrictions were already in place by afternoon despite earlier announcements by police to enforce the curbs in the evening. The restrictions were imposed in view of the increased movement of dignitaries and heads of state of Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa arriving in the capital for the summit on Thursday.

The traffic advisory issued by police said Sardar Patel Marg from Dhaula Kuan to Panchsheel Marg would remain closed for traffic for a few hours on Wednesday evening and from 8.30 am till 4 pm on Thursday. The road is used by commuters coming to central Delhi from western parts of the city and Gurgaon.

Even as traffic police advised commuters to avoid the road and explore alternative routes, the commuters fumed saying it added to their driving time. Commuters vented out their anger on traffic police’s facebook page, which has over one lakh followers.

We will try to minimise the inconvenience to the public but security considerations have to be kept in mind, said a traffic police official.

The traffic advisory said the restrictions on major New Delhi roads were expected to affect traffic flow at India Gate and Rajiv Chowk.