India Africa Summit signals heavy traffic snarls in the national capital

Oct 29, 2015 | V. Velayudam

While the India Africa Summit being conducted in the national capital of Delhi is quite instrumental in putting India on the international map, the event is also opening a new can of worms in the form of traffic congestions in the city. The summit is being held in the city for two days (October 28th and 29th) and the city has already has been suffering in terms of poor infrastructure on the roads. People are stranded on the roads for a long period of time and they are lashing out at the Government on social media platforms about the pathetic state of Delhi traffic issues. Most of the citizens feel that the Delhi Government should not have agreed for organising such summits, when it is incapable to handle the same.

Response from Traffic Advisory

The Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Mr. Muktesh Chander, however, reiterated that people were given instructions well in advance not to use the roads of Central and New Delhi. He also informed that most of the roads in these areas were shut from 5.30PM to 10PM for public use on the two days of the India Africa Forum Summit. Today, the roads going to IGI Stadium will be closed from 8.30 to 10.30 in the morning and again from 4 to 8 in the evening. He stated that public were informed to use the Ring Road and use public transport systems to go to their destinations and plan properly so that they could get to their destinations on time.

Unhappy Citizens

However, citizens, still believe that Delhi has a long way to go, in terms of traffic management. To add fuel to the fire, many people chose the same alternate routes available to them, leading to traffic issues almost everywhere in the Central and New Delhi areas. This ugly situation is likely to continue today as well and citizens have no other option except to put up with the limited options available to them.


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