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'Use public transport to avoid delay due to idol procession'

Anticipating traffic disruption in some areas in view of Vishvakarma idol procession on Friday, Delhi Traffic police has suggested commuters to use public transport to avoid delays.

PTI| Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 00:06 AM IST

New Delhi: Anticipating traffic disruption in some areas in view of Vishvakarma idol procession on Friday, Delhi Traffic police has suggested commuters to use public transport to avoid delays.

The procession will begin from Desh Bandhu Gupta Road and travel to East Park Road, Filmistan, Azad Market, Barf Khana, Tis Hazari, ISBT, Chandgi Ram Akhara and end at Visarjan Ghat, Yamuna River.

Four 'visarjan ghats'-- Soor Ghat, Geeta Ghat, Kudesiya Ghat and Kalindi Kunj-- have been kept for devotees to congregate for the idol immersion.

"There will be immersion of Vishwakarma idols in river Yamuna tomorrow from 12 noon onwards. A large number of devotees shall move in processions and congregate at the ghats of Yamuna for the immersion," said Anil Shukla, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Delhi.

The JCP said following roads will be affected due to movement of processions: Desh Bandhu Gupta road, East Park Road, Rani Jhansi Road, Boulevard Road, Ring Road i.E. From Yamuna Bazar to Chandgi Ram Akhara, Outer Ring Road i.E from Chandgi Ram Akhara to Wazirbad road, Mathura Road, G D Birla Marg (Road no 13A), Faiz Road.

Areas or roads in close proximity of the above roads may also face congestion owing to movement of processions, Shukla said.

The JCP said, "The general public and commuters going to Old Delhi Railway Station and ISBT Kashmere Gate should leave in advance and have sufficient time to accommodate possible delay in routes."

"Diversions may be enforced due to which congestion of traffic is likely to take place," he added.

He has also asked commuters to avail public transport like buses and Delhi Metro to help decongestion of roads, besides asking motorists to park their vehicles only at designated parking lots.