Very IMP: Independence Day Traffic Advisory Released by Delhi Police

India is preparing to celebrate its 77th Independence Day on Tuesday. The Delhi Police has issued a traffic advise to ensure smooth traffic flow in the capital city. This notice is for a full-dress rehearsal ceremony scheduled for Sunday, August 13th. The Delhi traffic police posted on X (previously known as Twitter), “In view of #IndependenceDay Full Dress Rehearsal on August 13, 2023, #DelhiTrafficPolice advises commuters to avoid these roads and take alternate routes at the mentioned timings.”

According to the advisory, the area around Red Fort will be closed to the public from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. According to the advisory, eight roads – Netaji Subhash Marg, Lothian Road, S.P Mukherjee Marg, Chandni Chowk Road, Nishad Raj Marg, Esplanade Road and its Link Road, Ring Road from Rajghat to ISBT, and Outer Ring Road from ISBT to IP Flyover – will be closed to the general public from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The police also warned people to avoid the Inner Ring Road, which runs from IP College to Azadpur Chowk, the GTK Road, which runs from Shakti Nagar to Azadpur Chowk, and the Chhatrasal Stadium Road.

“Approximately 200 buses and approximately 200 light vehicles are expected to arrive, which may cause some congestion around the Chhatrasal Stadium,” according to the notice.

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It also mentions, “Vehicles that do not have parking labels for the rehearsal may avoid C-Hexagon, India Gate, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, Sikandra Road, W Point, A point Tilak Marg, Mathura Road, BSZ Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg, J L Nehru Marg, Ring Road between Nizamuddin Khatta and ISBT Kashmere Gate, and Outer Ring Road from Nizamuddin Khatta to ISBT Kashmere Gate via Salimgarh bypass.”

Travellers wishing to travel between north and south Delhi must investigate alternative routes. To go there, they can take Aurobindo Marg, Safdarjung Road, Kamal Ataturk Marg, Kautilya Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent, Park Street, Mandir Marg, and Rani Jhansi Road.

There will be a change in traffic flow for people travelling east-west. Alternate routes for vehicles include NH-24, Nizamuddin Khatta, Barapula Road (under AIIMS Flyover), Ring Road, Mathura Road, Subramania Bharti Marg, Rajesh Pilot Marg, Prithviraj Road, and Safdarjung Road. The Old Iron Bridge and the Geeta Colony Bridge leading to Shanti Van, on the other hand, will be closed.

City buses, including those controlled by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), will not operate along Ring Road from midnight on August 12 to 11 a.m. on August 13. During this time, they will avoid the stretch of Ring Road between ISBT and NH-24 (NH-9)/NH T-point and instead take alternate routes. These buses should take G T Road, Wazirabad Road, and NH-24 as their routes.

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