Bharat Bandh: Traffic congestion at Delhi-Gurugram border

A heavy presence of security personnel is seen at the Delhi-Gurugram border

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, September 27

Massive traffic snarls gripped Delhi-Gurugram-Rajokri border on Monday morning for about an hour as Delhi police resorted to checking in view of Bharat Bandh call given by farmer organisations.

Though the Bandh was not planned in Delhi, taking no chances Delhi police along with their paramiltary counterparts pressed preventive security plan in action leading to major traffic congestion at border and leaving hundreds of people harried.

The police barricaded all but two lanes ill 10.30 am. They were

stopping and checking each and every vehicle passing through these lanes.

The pictures and videos of the traffic jam went viral on social media and it was then that the congestion was cleared though cops from Delhi as well Gurugram stood guard at border.

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“The cars were virtually crawling bumper to bumper 8.30 am and 9.30 am. The situation worsened as farmers blocked traffic movement in Rewari and traffic was diverted to Bilaspur, Pachgaon and KMP,” said a cop posted at border.

According to Ravinder Tomar, deputy commissioner of police, though the traffic movement was slow owing to checking by Delhi police, Gurugram cops managed to keep things moving and it was cleared within an hour.

“This is not new. We have a waiting time at this border of around 15 to 20 minutes every day. It’s the ongoing construction of underpass and the regular barricading by Delhi police which lead to traffic congestion every day during office hours. Today, I had to wait for an hour as majority of lanes were closed due to protest. With a great difficulty I had managed to get an appointment at AIIMS for my son but

missed it because of this now the next appointment available is after one month. Who is responsible for this?” said Adarsh Juneja whose 12-year-old son suffers from congenital cardiac issue and was headed to Delhi for treatment.

Meanwhile, the farmer associations in Gurugram staged a protest march in Sadar Bazaar and made shopkeepers shut shops. The situation was under control and peaceful across the city.

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