Di­wali rush chokes roads

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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