WHILE THE capital saw relatively less congestion and traffic snarls Tuesday due to elaborate arrangements by traffic police for Durga Puja immersions, crowds out for Dussehra celebrations caused traffic snarls at some crucial roads across the city.
Delhi Traffic Police said Dussehra celebrations slowed traffic on major roads such as Ring Road, and Outer Ring Road between Rajghat and Burari along the Kashmere Gate ISBT.
“Areas such as Connaught Place outer circle, Minto Road, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Mandir Marg, Panchkuian Road, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Chittaranjan Park, Outer Ring Road and Nehru Place were closed for traffic Tuesday afternoon,” said Garima Bhatnagar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
Police said other roads including Dangal Maidan, Ram Lila grounds, Ajmal Park, Dhyan Chand sports complex, and grounds near GTB hospital in Dilshad Gardens, Dwarka sector 10, West Jyoti Nagar, Janakpuri saw traffic snarls from 8 pm onwards when people began to return home from Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort.
Idols from the scores of pandals set up in the city were taken to the Yamuna Tuesday, via the Kalindi Kunj route, said police.
An officer said processions heading towards the ghats thronged Pushta Road, Gandhi Nagar, Khajuri Pushta Road, Sonia Vihar Pushta Road and Mathura Road. Traffic was slowed to a crawl in these areas between 3 pm and 8 pm, he added.
Traffic Police earmarked seven ghats – Sanyas Ashram in Shahdara, Kudesiya Ghat, Geeta Ghat, Shyam Ghat, Hathi Ghat, Kalindi Kunj, and Mayur Vihar extension Ghat – where jams panned out from Tuesday afternoon.
Special Commissioner of Police Sandeep Goel said, “There were no traffic jams in the city at all. Durga Puja processions dispersed smoothly. There was some natural slowing of traffic on roads where Dussehra celebrations were on.”
While roads in Noida witnessed traffic snarls due to the crowds heading towards the ghats, Gurgaon was the least affected by the days’ festivities.
“There has been absolutely no impact of the festivities on traffic in Gurgaon. Sufficient forces were deployed to ensure things went off smoothly. There was some congestion in the Basai area, but that was because traffic was being diverted to enable repair work after a concrete slab fell off a railway overhead bridge. It had nothing to do with the immersion or festivals,” said Y Puran Kumar, DCP (Traffic).
Until last year, the idols were immersed in Damdama lake in Sohna. However, devotees were forbidden from doing so this year after the district administration banned idol immersion in the lake citing environmental hazards.