The Delhi Traffic Police issued an advisory on Monday, urging commuters to plan their journeys carefully for the next ten days due to the ongoing Navaratri rush of devotees at temples and the Ramlilas being organised across the national Capital from September 26 to October 5. There are 46 main venues in the city where Ramlilas will be organised.
These areas include the Netaji Subhash Marg, Nishad Raj Marg, JLN Marg, Ambedkar Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Greater Kailash, South Avenue, Sadar Bazar in Delhi Cantonment, Sector 5 in RK Puram, Dwarka South, Dwarka North, Uttam Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Kirti Nagar, Hari Nagar, Vikaspuri, Nairana, Jalebi Chowk in Sultanpuri, NSP Lala Jagat Narayan Marg, Keshav Puram, Near Kushal Cinema in Jahangirpuri, Shalimar Bagh, Madhu Vihar, Seelampur, New Usmanpur, Anand Vihar, Kailash Nagar in Gandhi Nagar and Bihari Colony in Farsh Bazar.
In addition to the main venues which will see a huge rush of people, Ramlilas may also be organised by RWAs and residents of colonies in market areas and open grounds.
Some Ramlila Committees may also take out processions in their localities. Traffic movement may be affected in such areas due to the huge public gatherings, the Traffic Police stated, and advised commuters to avoid several roads and stretches from 6 PM to 11 PM, as traffic movement may be affected due to the huge public gatherings of devotees and spectators.
“Further, there may be restrictions on movement of general traffic on Netaji Subhash Marg, Nishad Raj Marg (New Darya Ganj Road), Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg and Turkman Gate depending on the crowd situation after 5.00 PM from September 6 to October 5, as major Ramlilas will be staged at Ramlila Ground and Red Fort in Delhi and important dignitaries are expected to be present there,” stated the advisory.
The Traffic Police also advised people to avail of public transport to help decongest the roads. “Park your vehicles only at designated parking lots and avoid roadside parking as it causes hindrance to normal flow of traffic and follow the instructions of Delhi Traffic Police officials on duty,” it said.
“In case any unusual/unidentified object or person is noticed in suspicious circumstances, information should be given to the nearby Police Post, PCR Van or staff deployed on duty,” the advisory added.
Similarly, Navaratri will be celebrated till October 5 and the six main temples, which attract a large number of devotees, are Jhandewalan Mandir, Durga Mandir in Kailash Colony, Pahari Wala Mandir/Mahavir Mandir in Greater Kailash-1, Adhya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir in Chhattarpur, Kalkaji Mandir on Outer Ring Road from Nehru Place to Modi Mill and Kali Badi Mandir on Mandir Marg, the advisory stated.
The Traffic Police advised that people going to IGI Airport, New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station and ISBT should leave before their scheduled time to accommodate possible delays.