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India-Africa summit: Delegation movements cause traffic snarls in Delhi

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Huge jams brought traffic to a standstill in many parts of Delhi on Wednesday evening due to the movement of the delegations attending the ongoing India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) here.

On social media, people complained that most of the central, New Delhi and south Delhi roads were choked due to heavy traffic.

"I got stuck in the traffic near Ashram flyover in the evening and was delayed in reaching an important meeting. To avoid the traffic, I had to take shortcuts through some lanes," Arpit Saxena, an executive, posted on Facebook.

Another commuter, Robin, a teacher in a government school, posted on Facebook: "I left for my home in Noida from Connaught Place around 5 p.m. and got stuck near Pragati Maidan for 45 minutes."

Traffic control room informed IANS that the traffic chaos started around 4 p.m. and it would continue till 11 p.m. due to the movement of foreign dignitaries attending the IAFS.

The roads leading from Munirka in south Delhi to Gurgaon in Haryana were choked in the evening.

Delhi Traffic Police had already advised commuters to avoid the entire central and New Delhi areas and the periphery of India Gate monument, originally called the all India war memorial, from October 28 to 29 in the wake of the ongoing summit.

"Most of the roads of central and New Delhi will be closed from 5.30 p.m. till 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday," a traffic advisory said.

"During the summit commuters should use Ring Roads to avoid general traffic," Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander told IANS.

"On October 29, the roads leading towards IGI Stadium will remain closed from 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and then from 4.00 p.m. till 8.00 p.m., Chander said.

People have been requested to plan their journey with sufficient time in hand to avoid inconvenience. "Use of public transport like Delhi Metro is recommended for faster movement and to avoid congestion," Chander said.

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First Published: Wed, October 28 2015. 22:42 IST