Diwali rush chokes roads
New Delhi: Last-minute Diwali shopping led to chaos on the city’s streets with most arterial roads getting choked on Friday. South Delhi was the worst affected as bumper-to-bumper traffic was seen on NH-8, Delhi Cantt, Dhaula Kuan, Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.
Traffic movement started slowing down after 3pm and additional policemen were deployed to manage the situation.
Commuters took to social media to voice their woes with many mentioning that they had barely covered a kilometre in one hour. “A fire brigade is trying to move past vehicles blaring its horn in front of AIIMS going towards Dhaula Kuan. Hell of a traffic jam,” a Twitter user shared, tagging Delhi Traffic Police.
Cops have advised people to opt for public transport while visiting markets due to limited parking space. Cranes will be patrolling the markets and arterial roads to tow away improperly parked vehicles. The situation may remain the same during the weekend as more people are expected to come out for shopping or visiting relatives and friends to distribute gifts, police said.