The traffic police has made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth movement of traffic on Monday — the day Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers are to be sworn in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said, “Elaborate security and traffic arrangements have been made to ensure the function is conducted smoothly and invitees are able to get to the venue without any inconvenience. Arrangements have also been made to ensure proper traffic movement around the Rashtrapati Bhavan.”
Officers said certain roads will be closed for general traffic between 4 pm and 8 pm. These include Rajpath (from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan), Vijay Chowk and its North and South Fountain area, South Avenue Marg, North Avenue Marg, Dalhousie Road and Church Road.
Apart from this, traffic will be diverted on Raisina Road (beyond Rail Bhavan roundabout), Pandit Pant Marg (beyond the Talkatora roundabout), Kamraj Marg (beyond roundabout towards Rashtrapati Bhavan), Moti Lal Nehru Marg (beyond the Udyog Bhawan roundabout), E-Block, Security Lines Road, Mother Teresa Crescent, Sardar Patel Marg, Vinay Marg, Shanker Road, the RML Hospital roundabout.
The rehearsals for the ceremony are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Police have requested public to avoid using these roads during that time. “Adequate signages and boards have been provided for road users,” Shukla said.
Ghaziabad on alert after threat letter
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