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30% increase in traffic, a tough day for police

30% increase in traffic, a tough day for police

New Delhi:

Relaxation in the lockdown rules resulted in a 30% increase in the traffic volume on Delhi roads on Monday morning. Snarls were reported on Ring Road and drivers were caught violating norms at several places.

Being the first day of the relaxation, most of the violators were let off with a stern warning. A few others were booked under Section 188 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Additional cops were deployed at some of the pickets to manage the excess volume of traffic during peak hours.

At the BRT corridor near Chirag Delhi, a few violators tried to hoodwink the cops by asking their pillion riders to get off the two-wheeler and walk past the picket. Some of them were detained for a few hours.

“Because of this, medical staff, bank employees, students and even people travelling for medical treatment had to go through the screening at the pickets,” said a cop.

Shreyasi, a resident of Laxmi Nagar, had asked her friend to drop her off at her office in Kalkaji in the morning. While returning in the afternoon, they were stopped at the BRT and made to stand on a side.

“Arrangements for people who have to resume work should have been made. Metro is not working and there are no buses. I had asked my friend to drop me and later pick me up as well,” Shreyasi told the cops who let her go after a couple of minutes.

Same was the case for Jayant, a resident of Madangir. His minor daughter was riding the pillion on his motorcycle. They had gone to buy books. “Minors should stay indoors and only one person is allowed on a twowheeler,” the cops told Jayant before allowing him to go.

At various picket points in Delhi, commuters were seen arguing with police as well. The cops had a tough time convincing co-passengers not to sit in the front and enforcing other laws.

Senior police officers told TOI that many Delhiites were thinking that the lockdown was over. “The lockdown is still in place. There are relaxations, but people cannot come out without a purpose. Checking each vehicle leads to snarls. We also have to ensure the movement of essential and emergency vehicles,” said an officer.

On DND Flyway, motorists with a pillion rider were being sent back on the same side of the carriageway. At the Noida-Delhi border near Mayur Vihar, the cops were asking the commuters to only travel for emergency or a valid reason.

 

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