Curated By: Sanstuti Nath
Last Updated: November 18, 2023, 09:06 IST
With Chhath festivities set to conclude on Sunday, Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements to tackle the huge gatherings expected at the water bodies across the national capital on the final day of the four-day-long festival.
Chhath Puja is considered one of the biggest festivals for people of Bihar and Eastern UP.
Delhi Govt To Set Up 1,000 Chhath Ghats
For devotees residing in the national capital who celebrate the festival, the Delhi government has decided to set up over 1,000 Chhath ghats across the city so that they don’t have to travel far from their homes.
“There will be no shortcomings in the preparations for Chhath. In this direction, all MLAs and departments are working on the ground,” Delhi Revenue Minister Atishi said on Friday.
“Delhi is home to a large number of people from the ‘Purvanchal’ region who contribute socially, economically, and culturally to the development of the city. Chhath is a very important festival for all of them,” she added.
Traffic Police Advisory
In view of the expected traffic congestion on the last day of the festivities, Delhi Traffic Police in an advisory said that normal flow of traffic is likely to be affected in the afternoon/evening of November 19 and 20 on roads adjoining the major ponds.
“Appropriate diversions will be made by the traffic police based on ground requirements. Commuters are advised to avoid the roads adjoining the Chhath Puja sites including, the stretch of Outer Ring Road, Old Wazirabad Bridge to ITO, Vikas Marg, Pushta Road (Khajoori/Shastri Park), Kalindi Kunj Bridge, GTK Road, Rohtak Road, Pankha Road, Najafgarh Road, MB Road, Maa Anandmai Marg, etc,” it said.
The advisory further stated that there will be no restrictions for New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, and the ISBT, but people should leave in advance and keep sufficient time to accommodate possible delays in routes.
“People are requested to avail public transport like Delhi Metro to help decongestion of roads. Park your vehicles only at designated parking lots. Roadside parking must be avoided as it causes hindrance to normal flow of traffic.
“General public and motorists are advised to have patience, observe traffic rules and Road discipline and follow directions of traffic personnel deployed at all intersections. People are requested to plan their journey in advance to avoid inconvenience,” it added.