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Twitter reacts angrily to Delhi traffic curbs

Auto-rickshaws have a field day as road, Metro links affected

By Vishal Narayan in New Delhi
  • Published 20.12.19, 12:26 AM
  • Updated 20.12.19, 12:26 AM
  • a min read
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Traffic stands still on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway in Gurgaon on Thursday (PTI photo)

Commuters travelling from Gurgaon to Delhi had a harrowing time on Thursday when Delhi police erected barricades to prevent anti-CAA protesters from taking the highways linking the national capital to Haryana.

The police set up barricades on M.G. Road, NH-48 and the old highway connecting Delhi and Gurgaon, which led to snarls. Some of the commuters complained that they had missed their flights as policemen were checking every vehicle for protesters.

Several among those caught in the snarl took to Twitter to complain about the traffic situation by tagging the Delhi traffic police handle.

“Can U tell me whats d alternate route 2 enter Delhi frm Ggn if MG Rd, NH 48 & Old Dli Ggn rd r closed? Can yr police direct me on d alternate route frm Ggn 2 Airport? Incidentally my son has missed his flight 2 Mumbai. Who will pay 4 his ticket & missed business assignment?” a Twitter user wrote.

According to DIAL, the firm which manages the IGI airport here, 19 flights were cancelled and 16 others delayed as crews could not reach on time.

The blockades were lifted around 5pm by when hundreds of people had been stuck in jam for about three-four hours.

The scene was no different in Delhi where, on the orders of the police, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) closed entry and exit at 20 stations in central and south Delhi. The DMRC move was to prevent more people from joining the protests at Jantar Mantar near Connaught Place.

Entry and exist at Rajiv Chowk, Vishwavidyalaya, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Chandni Chowk, Barakhamba Road, Mandi House, Pragati Maidan, Lal Quila, Jama Masjid, Delhi Gate, ITO, Janpath, Khan Market, Vasant Vihar and Munirka were restricted during the day, which was lifted only after the protesters had begun leaving.

Restrictions at Jamia Millia Islamia and Shaheen Bagh Jasola Vihar had not been lifted at the time of writing.

Auto-rickshaws had a field day on Thursday, charging five times more than the usual fare.

“We are not cheating anyone. We tell them the fare in advance so that there’s no dispute,” an auto-rickshaw driver told The Telegraph.