With Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (UP Gate) in east Delhi and at any rate six borders in outer Delhi shut for as long as 3 months because of the ongoing farmers’ protests, drivers going between Delhi-Uttar Pradesh and Delhi-Haryana continue to face traffic congestion.
As Delhi Traffic Police and their partners in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have redirected the traffic to alternative border points, movement of vehicles remain slow on these routes, especially during the morning and evening peak hours when office-goers travel.
All the six lanes of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, NH-24 and NH-9 are closed at the Ghazipur-Ghaziabad border as the agitating farmers have involved the roads and the routes are intensely blockaded to stop the farmers from entering Delhi. Subsequently, traffic among Delhi and Ghaziabad has been redirected to elective routes, causing snarls
The Delhi Traffic Police have advised motorists going among Delhi and Ghaziabad to use EDM Mall, Anand Vihar, Kondli, Surya Nagar, Apsara, Bhopra and Loni borders and keep away from the Ghazipur border routes. They can also enter Delhi through Noida.
Those coming to Delhi from Ghaziabad, Vasundhara and Vaishali are encouraged to take the Anand Vihar (Maharajpur) border and take a left out and about towards Ghazipur roundabout from where they can use the NH-9 and NH-24. The other route they can take is the EDM Mall line from where they can either use the Ghazipur Mandi traffic circle and access the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, NH-24 and NH-9 towards Delhi, or they can move towards the road leading to the Ghazipur roundabout and further on.
As indicated by the traffic police, Singhu, Tikri, Jharoda, Mangesh, Harewali, and Dhansa borders connecting Delhi from Haryana are also totally closed because of the farmers’ agitation. The alternative borders such as Auchandi, Lampur, Safiabad, and Palla toll tax are open for traffic and people travelling between Delhi and Haryana may take these routes to reach their destinations.
The Delhi Traffic Police have asked that motorists stay away from Outer Ring Road, GT Karnal Road and NH-44 as traffic remains heavy on these routes. For updates on closed borders, diversions, traffic jam and alternate routes, people can visit Delhi Traffic Police’s Facebook and Twitter handles apart from directly calling their helplines +91-11-25844444 or 1095.