Surge in traffic on Delhi borders as curbs ease
A traffic snarl on National Highway 24 near Ghazipur Border in New Delhi during the extended nationwide lockdown imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, on May 16, 2020. IANS

Surge in traffic on Delhi borders as curbs ease

New Delhi, May 18, 2020

As the nationwide lockdown has been extended for two more weeks till May 31 with some relaxations, heavy vehicular traffic was witnessed on Monday at the Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Noida borders as people came out to attend their offices.

On the Delhi-Noida Directway (DND), that connects south Delhi with Noida, heavy traffic was witnessed on Monday morning.

Long queues of vehicles were seen at the check posts as many people willing to attend their offices arrived at the borders early Monday morning. The vehicular queue went up to over a kilometre as the police deployed at the border checked the passes and the identity cards of the people travelling.

Similar scenes were witnessed at the Delhi-Gurugram borders as people arrived on way to their offices. The traffic in the national capital also witnessed a surge as a number of vehicles were seen on the streets in areas like Income Tax Office (ITO) and others.

Later in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to release a detailed plan on restrictions and relaxations for the city based on the Centre's guidelines.

The nationwide lockdown has been in place since March 25 when it was initially imposed for three weeks. It was then extended by 19 days from April 15, then for two weeks from May 4 and now for two more weeks from today until May 31.


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