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Celebrations hit traffic on key Delhi roads

The Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort and other parts of Delhi affected vehicle traffic on several thoroughfares as well as at the borders of the nation’s capital on Monday, police said, adding that many roads are also blocked due to heavy rains from the weekend.

According to the police advisory, all Delhi borders have been closed for security reasons resulting in heavy traffic on Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyover, Barapullah, Tikri border, Jharoda and Apsara Road. Roads around the Red Fort were also closed for the official event causing traffic jams in the Civil Lines area, Old Delhi Railway Station, Mori Gate, Kashmere Gate and ISBT among others.

An officer said: “There will be traffic jams on the NH-8s and NH-44s as the roads will open after 10:30-11am. Commuters from nearby towns and buses will run on NH-24, Pushta Road and the ISBT Bridge. This will affect vehicle traffic.

Delhi Police have increased their deployment in New Delhi, North Delhi and borders to control traffic and security arrangements on Independence Day, officials said. “The closure of the metro parking lot and some parking places, as well as roads, also caused heavy traffic jams in Malkaganj, Guru Tegh Bahadur metro station, Sector 19 Rohini, Prashant Vihar, Pusa Road, at Safdarjung Hospital, etc. said a senior traffic police officer.

Traffic from Gurgaon to Delhi was also affected. Commuters were asked to use alternate routes.

Officials said around 15 roads will be blocked until noon as more people are expected to come out for Independence Day celebrations. Due to heavy rain, traffic was affected on Ramdev Chowk, Bawana Road, Nangloi Main Chowk, Minto Road, etc.

Police said they were trying to clear traffic by noon and staff had been deployed to deal with complaints of fallen trees and waterlogging.