Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s dharna near the Rail Bhawan triggered massive traffic snarls in Central Delhi on Monday as police barricaded the roads leading to the protest site.
Closure of four Metro stations further escalated the situation as bumper-to-bumper traffic was seen on almost all arterial roads in New Delhi district.
Nearly 1,300 police personnel were deployed in the area. “Apart from the Delhi Police, paramilitary forces were also deployed. Close to 4,000 security personnel were on duty,” Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson for the Delhi Police, said.
Four Metro stations — Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course — were shut till 2.14 pm. Thousands of commuters use these stations daily.
The four stations will remain closed on Tuesday also.
The interchange facility at Central Secretariat station, too, will be suspended with trains coming from Badarpur terminating at Khan Market.
On Monday, Delhi Traffic Police used their Facebook page to warn people about the clogged roads: “Ashoka Road and Baba Kharak Singh Marg will remain heavy, Parliament Street is closed on both carriageways… Traffic is heavy on Akbar Road and Mansingh Road.”
As the protest site is at a place which houses a number of key government offices, those returning home during the evening rush hour had to face a lot of problems.