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Republic Day celebrations in Delhi: How to avoid traffic snarls

On 26th January 2017, India will celebrate its Republic Day. The Chief Guest at the parade ceremony will be the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi HE Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. For the first time in Indian history, there will be a detachment of UAE soldiers participating in the ceremony.

Republic Day is an occasion of joy and pride for all Indians. However, considering the constant security threat to our nation, there will be intensified security procedures in place. Along with that, several roads will have diversions to enable people to safely and securely celebrate this occasion.

Here is the Republic Day traffic advisory issued by the Delhi Police:

For the parade ceremony

For Wednesday and Thursday, RashtrapatiBhavan, Pandara Road, Motilal Nehru Marg, Sher Shah Road, PuranaQila Road, Copernicus Marg, Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Ashoka Road have been turned into restricted zones.

The Republic Day parade will start from Vijay Chowk and proceed toward Red Fort. The route of the parade is Vijay Chowk- Rajpath – India Gate – TilakMarg – Bahadur Shah ZafarMarg – NetajiSubhashMarg – Red Fort.

Alternate routes for commuters

Traveling North-South

Ring Road – Ashram Chowk – Sarai Kale Khan – I.P. Flyover – Rajghat – Ring Road.

From AurobindoChowk- Safdarjung Road – Kamal AtatturkMarg – KautilyaMarg – Sardar Patel Marg -Mother Teresa Crescent – roundabout RML – Baba Kharak Sing Marg.

Prithvi Raj Road -Rajesh Pilot Marg – SubramaniaBhartiMarg- Mathura Road.

Traveling East-West

Ring Road-Bhairon Road- Mathura Road – SubramaniaBhartiMarg – Rajesh Pilot Marg – PrithviRajRoad- Safdarjung Road- Kamal AtatturkMarg- PanchsheelMarg- Simon BolivarMarg- VandeMatram Marg.

Ring Road-BhaironRoad- Mathura Road – Lodhi Road – AurbindoMarg- Safdarjung Road – Teen MurtiMarg -Mother Teresa Crescent- Park Street – Shankar Road – Ring Road.

Ring Road- BoulevardMarg- Barf KhanaChowk – Rani Jhansi Road- Faiz Road – D.B. Gupta Road.

Rail passengers going to New Delhi Railway Station

From South Delhi: Mother Teresa Crescent -R/A RML Hospital-Baba Kharak Singh Marg-Outer Circus Connaught Place-Chelmsford Road for Paharganj side or Minto Road-BhavbhutiMarg for Ajmeri Gate.

From East Delhi: Boulevard Road via ISBT Bridge – Rani Jhansi Road via Jhandewalan -D.B. Gupta Road-Sheela Cinema Road- Paharganj.

For Old Delhi Railway Station:

From South Delhi: Ring Road – Ashram Chowk-Sarai Kale Khan-Ring Road-Rajghat-Ring Road-ChowkYamuna Bazar- S.P. Mukherjee Marg-Chhatta Rail-Kauria Bridge.

For bus passengers

Local buses: The city bus services by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will be shut at the following terminal points:

1. Park Street/UdyanMarg
2. Aram Bagh Road (PaharGanj)
3. R/A Kamla Market.
4. Delhi Sachivalaya (IG Stadium)
5. Pragati Maiden (Bhairon Road)
6. Hanuman Mandir, Yamuna Bazar
7. Mori Gate
8. ISBT Sarai Kale Khan
9. ISBT Kashmiri gate

Interstate buses:

(A) Buses from Ghaziabad bound for Shivaji Stadium shall take NH-24, Ring Road &terminate at BhaironRaod.
(B) Buses coming from Ghaziabad side will be diverted at Mohan Nagar towards BhopraChungi for Wazirabad Bridge.
(C) Buses coming from NH-24 shall take right turn on Road No. 56 and terminate at ISBT AnandVihar.
(D) All buses coming from DhaulaKuan side shall terminate at DhaulaKuan.

For Delhi Metro commuters:

Metro Rail Service shall remain available for commuters at all Metro Stations during the Republic Day Parade on 26th Jan, 2017.

However, Entry/Exit at the below-mentioned station will not be permitted as per the given schedule:

  • Entry & Exit at Central Secretariat and UdyogBhawan Metro stations will remain closed from 0000 Hrsupto 1230 Hrs. on 26.01.2017.
  • Patel Chowk and Race Course Metro stations entry and exit will remain closed from 0845 Hrs. to 1230 Hrs. on 26.01.2017.
  • Central Secretariat station will only be used for interchange of passengers between Line 2 and Line 6.

Enjoying the celebration safely

The authorities have a very difficult job on this day so it is our duty to co-operate and ensure that celebrations run smoothly. Please be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity or individuals to the police by calling 100.

We wish all our fellow Indians a very happy Republic Day.

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