Parts of Delhi witnessed massive traffic jams on Monday as traffic police shut down several roads ahead of a Bharat Bandh appeal and Congress protest against the Centre’s Agnipath program and ‘vendetta politics’ against Rahul Gandhi.
Massive traffic jams were seen on Delhi-Noida-Delhi flyway, Meerut Expressway, Anand Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan, Pragati Maidan and Delhi-Gurugram border.
Long lines of slow-moving vehicles were observed in these areas.
Some commuters took to Twitter to share their plight.
While one commuter said he had been stuck in traffic for almost 30 minutes and was late for his office, another asked people to avoid the Anand Vihar-Sarai Kale Khan section.
Delhi Traffic Police, however, said its teams had been deployed to various locations to keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Protests against the Center for Defense Recruiting’s Agnipath program have taken place in several parts of the country. Reportedly, some groups have called for a Bharat Bandh in some states to protest against the project.
Congress had announced on Sunday that hundreds of thousands of party workers would continue peaceful protests on Monday against Agnipath’s ‘anti-youth’ program and the interrogation of Rahul Gandhi by the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the National Herald Money Laundering Case.
The Agnipath program, announced on June 14, foresees the recruitment of young people in the age group of 17 and a half to 21 years into the armed forces for only four years with a provision to retain 25% of them for 15 years what’s more. . Later, the government extended the upper age limit to 23 for recruitment in 2022.
In a series of tweets, traffic police informed commuters of the road closures.
Due to special traffic arrangements, inbound bus traffic will be restricted in New Delhi beyond Gol Dak Khana Junction, Patel Chowk, Windsor Place, Teen Murti Chowk and Prithviraj Road, it said. .
“Please avoid Gol Methi Junction, Tughlak Road Junction, Claridges Junction, Q-point Junction, Sunehri Masjid Junction, Maulana Azad Road Junction and Man Singh Road Junction between 08:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on these roads,” a- he added.
Traffic police also advised commuters to avoid Motilal Nehru Marg, Akbar Road, Janpath and Man Singh Road between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The ED investigation against Gandhi, who appeared before the agency for the fourth time on Monday, relates to alleged financial improprieties at the Congress-promoted Young Indian Private Limited, owner of the National Herald newspaper.
The newspaper is published by Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and is owned by Young Indian Private Limited.