Traffic has been severely hit in some parts of Delhi and surrounding areas, ahead of the farmers march to the national capital.
On the national capital’s borders with Haryana, preparations are on to block the farmers when they try to enter Delhi on Tuesday.
Cement barriers, similar to the ones used during the 2020-21 protest, have been brought in and sandbags can also be spotted on the Delhi-Haryana border, although law enforcement is yet to be deployed in larger numbers.
Haryana police have also issued notices to farmers, asking them not to join the protest and warning them of ‘huge losses.’
Haryana police have also sought assistance from central forces to block the farmers on its borders with Punjab.
The ‘Samyukt Kisan Morcha‘ that lead the 2020 protest is not part of this protest. This is being led by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (apolitical). Several outfits from Haryana are also expected to join in.
Visuals show long traffic jams at the Delhi-Noida expressway amid police barricades set up to check every vehicle entering the national capital.
Noida Police have issued a traffic advisory, cautioning commuters about diversions on select routes in Noida and Greater Noida.
The diversions are currently in place in Dadri, Tilapata, Surajpur, Sirsa, Rampur-Fatehpur, and other routes of Greater Noida.
Expecting traffic chaos, the Delhi Police Commissionerate has also issued an advisory outlining restrictions on the Yamuna Expressway and Noida-Greater Noida Expressway for the smooth conduct of the farmers’ protest program.
The restrictions are in effect from 7 am to 10.30 pm today.
Traffic operations are continuously being managed, with personnel stationed at various points to facilitate smooth movement.
A helpline number for commuters facing difficulties has also been set up: Traffic Help Line at 9971009001 for assistance.
The Rapid Action Force have also been called in to keep the situation under control. Riot control vehicles are on the spot and drones are being used as added security measures.
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