New Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police on Tuesday said several arterial roads in and around Rajpath will remain closed on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 'Swachchh Bharat Mission' and flag off a walkathon.
"To facilitate smooth conduct of the function, Rajpath and Rafi Marg shall be closed for movement of traffic from 5 AM to 12 noon while Janpath and Man Singh Road shall be closed between 8 AM to 10 AM," said Joint commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla.
Approximately 5,000 schoolchildren will participate in the event to launch the cleanliness drive. The programme shall also be attended by government officers, diplomats and expats, representatives of corporate houses and Chamber of Commerce, faculty and students of universities/colleges etc.
The walkathon will start from the crossing of Rajpath and Rafi Marg and then pass through Sunehri Masjid Road, Krishna Menon Marg, R/A Gole Methi, Tees January Marg, Gandhi Smriti roundabout, Claridges Hotel roundabout, Q-point, Aurangzeb Road, Shahjahan Road and terminate at Children's Park, India Gate.
Motorists taking Vinay Marg, Shanti Path and going to New Delhi and beyond may take Sardar Patel Marg - Mother Teresa Crescent - R/A RML - Baba Kharak Singh Marg or Park Street - Mandir Marg and proceed further to New Delhi and beyond areas.
Traffic diversions shall be suitably enforced on roads in the vicinity of Rajpath and route of the 'Walkathon' depending on the position of the walkathon. Sufficient traffic staff shall be deployed for ensuring proper diversions and guiding the road users, police said.
"Motorists are requested to avoid New Delhi area and follow the routes, as suggested above, for uninterrupted movement. General public and motorists are advised to plan their journeys in view of the events and advance their journeys so that possible delays can be taken into account.
"Motorists are advised to follow the directions of the traffic policemen, deployed for traffic arrangements, to avoid inconvenience," said Shukla.