National capital Delhi was seen reeling under massive gridlock on Tuesday as people stepped out in large numbers to shop on the occasion of Dhanteras. More than 5,000 Delhi Traffic Police personnel were deployed in the national capital to regulate traffic. However, the plying of large number of cars and other vehicles gave a hard-time to commuters while navigating through the city. Major intersections like Dhaula Kuan, Mahipalpur, Laxmi Nagar, ITO, Badarpur, Mukarba Chowk, Akshardham Temple, and Moolchand saw huge traffic snarls, a senior traffic police official said.
Many areas in central Delhi witnessed heavy traffic jams especially around India Gate, Janpath, and Mathura Road. The jewellery hubs of Delhi, like Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sadar Bazar, etc. witnessed congestion. Commuters were seen heaving issues while travelling between Anand Vihar ISBT and Dilshad Garden Road, and from Rajghat towards ISBT. “We have deployed maximum staff on roads for traffic regulation and facilitation. More than 5000 personnel, including office staff, are on the roads to ensure the smooth flow of traffic,” said Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (Traffic) and chief spokesperson, Delhi Police was quoted as saying by PTI. The official also requested Delhiites to follow traffic rules.
“When everyone is on the roads, even if one person deviates from the lane, it has an impact on the entire stretch. We request the people to follow lane discipline and traffic rules,” the officer added. The police had stationed over 110 cranes at different points. The traffic police personnel were also deployed inside the markets to ensure that vehicles were parked properly. The same arrangements will continue till Bhai Dooj.