Farm­ers block NH-9 for 5 hours, rush-hour traf­fic to Delhi crawls

Pro­test­ers End Stir, But May Re­turn If All De­mands Are Not Met Soon

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Avishek Kumar Dubey

Ghazi­abad: Com­muters tak­ing NH-9 to Delhi had a har­row­ing time reach­ing of­fice as more than 300 farm­ers blocked the high­way for al­most five hours af­ter be­ing de­nied en­try to Delhi. The snarls started early in the morn­ing at Sec­tor 69 as farm­ers be­gan their march. The sit­u­a­tion turned worse af­ter the pro­test­ers, who had come on trac­tors and foot, were stopped at UP Gate

Saloni Gupta, who had an im­por­tant meet­ing at 11.30am in her of­fice in Delhi, was stuck at UP Gate with just 10 min­utes to go for the ses­sion. She later told TOIshe could reach her of­fice only around 1pm. Traf­fic was stalled on one side of the el­e­vated road at Raj Nagar Ex­ten­sion un­til the protest got over. Those com­ing from Mo­han Nagar and Vaishali had to go to Anand Vi­har to reach Delhi.

The farm­ers ended their protest later in the day af­ter the Union gov­ern­ment agreed to five of their 15 de­mands, the farm­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tion lead­ing the protest an­nounced. The farm­ers had been de­mand­ing pend­ing sug­ar­cane dues, loan waivers, re­duced power tar­iff, free school ed­u­ca­tion for their chil­dren, and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Swami­nathan Com­mit­tee’s re­port, among oth­ers.

The farm­ers said they would re­turn if their re­main­ing de­mands were not met soon.

SP (traf­fic) SN Singh said peo­ple com­ing from Indi­ra­pu­ram, Lal Kuan and Noida Ex­ten­sion took the Dabur junc­tion from NH-9 to travel to­wards Delhi.

Sources said there was lack of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the traf­fic po­lice in Ghazi­abad and Noida, which helped the snarl as­sume such mas­sive pro­por­tion. While of­fi­cers in Noida po­lice said they had in­formed their coun­ter­parts well in ad­vance, Ghazi­abad po­lice said they got in­ti­ma­tion only on Satur­day morn­ing. SP (city) Shlok Kumar said around 7am, he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Noida po­lice that farm­ers will march to Delhi via UP gate. “I was con­tin­u­ously talk­ing to Noida po­lice on the route the farm­ers would take. I was told that the pro­test­ers would take the DND, which is why we did not make any di­ver­sion. But af­ter get­ting proper in­for­ma­tion, we made ar­range­ments ac­cord­ingly,” he added.

Po­lice said over 250 per­son­nel from eight po­lice sta­tions were de­ployed at spe­cific lo­ca­tions to con­trol the march­ing pro­test­ers. The protest was lifted af­ter a team of farm­ers met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Cen­tre. Apart from stop­ping the pro­test­ers, a joint team of Delhi and Ghazi­abad po­lice di­verted traf­fic head­ing to UP Gate through a sin­gle lane on NH-9. They also manned mul­ti­ple lay­ers of bar­ri­cades. In Delhi, po­lice teams were de­ployed around Jan­tar Man­tar, Ra­j­path, Lok Kalyan Marg and Vijay Chowk.

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