Protest, accidents throw traffic out of gear

Nizamuddin-Zakir Hussain Marg stretch blocked to stop protesters heading to India Gate; accidents in East, South Delhi lead to snarls

Protesters blocking the traffic on Zakir Hussain Marg and two accidents on arterial roads in the city led to massive snarls across the Capital on Thursday.

Several commuters were stranded for hours in the bumper to bumper traffic.

Police had blocked the stretch from Neela Gumbad in Nizamuddin to Zakir Hussain Marg, to stop the protesters from marching towards India Gate. The traffic from Neela Gumbad was diverted, leading to excess load on Ring Road.

Police also barricaded Pandara Road and diverted traffic to Subramanya Bharathi Marg, after protesters tried to take this route to reach India Gate. Hanuman Road and Lala Lajpat Rai Marg were also closed.

The roads and areas affected on Thursday were Subramanya Bharathi Marg, Mathura Road, Lodhi Road, Hanuman Road, Khan Market, ITO, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Ring Road.

A senior Traffic officer said: "The traffic movement was slow in all these areas. The traffic went on the adjoining roads and, hence, the movement of vehicles was slow, leading to a jam."

The traffic was managed manually on all these stretches. "All the traffic staff, along with the traffic inspector of the circle, were on the field," the officer said.

Apart from the restrictions put in place due to the protests, two accidents in the city added to the chaos on the roads.

Moolchand and Defence Colony areas were severely affected as a mini-truck collided with a tempo, blocking general traffic.

It took police at least an hour to tow away the vehicles from the stretch and normalise traffic situation in the area.

Another accident was reported from East Delhi's Mayur Vihar area, where a mini-bus rammed into a tempo. This led to a jam on Noida link road and Vikas Marg. The mini-bus hit the pavement on the left, but the damaged tempo was in the middle of the road, blocking traffic.

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