Many vehicles were stacked heavily congested along the Gurgaon-Delhi border today as the vehicles entering the national capital were being checked by Delhi police in wake of the Bharat Bandh called by fighting farmers looking for a withdrawal of three controversial farm laws.
A few hours later, massive rows of stationary traffic, with vehicles closely tailing each other, were seen to be clearing up. The vehicles are on the move now.
Earlier, Delhi police had said that the “security will be preventive”. “There is no call for Bharat Bandh in Delhi, however, we are watching developments and an adequate number of personnel will be on the ground,” the police said.
Autorickshaws and cabs are operating normally in Delhi and shops are open today, with their unions and associations extending only “in-principle support” to the strike.
Traffic movement at the Ghazipur line was hit too and the Delhi Traffic Police closed vehicular movement on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border.
The Delhi Noida Direct (DND) flyway likewise saw enormous gridlock.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella assortment of more than 40 farm unions, is leading the 6 am-4 pm protest today. The group has said they will not allow movement on some sections of national highways.
All government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries, and commercial establishments, as well as public events and functions, will be closed throughout the country, it had said. All emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief, and rescue work, and people attending to personal emergencies will be exempted