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A tough day for commuters

Staff Reporter

— Photo: Rajeev Bhatt (REPORT on PAGE 18)

GEARING UP: Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 Mascot “Shera” during the unveiling of the Games logo and finale of the “1000 days to go” countdown run in New Delhi on Sunday.

NEW DELHI: Poor traffic management around India Gate for the launch of the 2010 Commonwealth Games logo on Sunday resulted in a torrid time for commuters in Central Delhi.

Special traffic provisions in place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in view of the run organised from Vijay Chowk to India Gate as an adjunct to the logo launch resulted in a series of snarls throwing traffic into disarray. Vehicles on several arterial roads around the India Gate roundabout were left to fend for themselves as barricades prevented their entry into most exiting roads.

“I reached the India Gate roundabout to find all roads chock-a-block with vehicles. I negotiated my way to Akbar Road and found it to be jam-packed as well.

“I turned towards Krishna Menon Marg only to find that all exits from this road had been blocked as well. Ultimately I went round in circles and reached India Gate again,” said a flustered Gautam Prabhakar, an employee with a private company on Parliament Street.

What made matters worse was the off-hand and non-cooperating behaviour of the traffic personnel on duty. “The police were not regulating traffic in an efficient manner. Instead of informing hapless commuters of the alternative routes that they could take, all they did was to prevent the entry of vehicles on the barricaded roads. Eventually, someone told me to take Teen Murti Marg towards Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, and I found this road to be absolutely empty since none of the motorists knew that this was the correct path to chart,” Mr. Prabhakar added.

Due to the modified traffic flow, traffic jams were also witnessed on Janpath, around the High Court area and on Ashoka Road.

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