New Delhi: Traffic restrictions have been put in place in the national capital ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit with roads around ITC Maurya Hotel being shut down for vehicular movement while those leading to Rajpath will remain out of bounds for general public from Sunday evening.
According to police, general traffic restrictions will remain in place in New Delhi area in view of Republic Day parade and other programmes. It is advised to avoid New Delhi area, C-Hexagon India Gate on January 25 and 26. On January 27, restrictions shall be made on August Kranti Marg and public is requested to avoid August Kranti Marg.
"Part of Sardar Patel Marg (both carriageways) -- from Sardar Patel Marg-Panchsheel Marg till Dhaula Kuan -- will remain closed for general traffic from 9 am. No traffic will be allowed on C-Hexagon India Gate between Akbar Road and Copernicus Marg. Traffic will also remain closed for a few hours on Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Ashoka Road," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla.
Police said the traffic will also be affected on Mathura Road-Bhagwan Das Road and Ring Road.
No vehicle will be allowed to ply on Rajpath after 6 pm today till the closure of function on January 26. No traffic will be allowed on Tilak Marg, B S Z Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg up to Red Fort after 4:00 am on the Republic Day.
Republic Day Parade shall start at 9:50 am from Vijay Chowk and pass through Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Netaji Subhash Marg and end at Red Fort Grounds. There will be a related function at India Gate at 9 am.
The cross traffic on the route of the parade at Dr Dineshnandini Dalmia Chowk (W point) R C Aggarwal Chowk (A Point), Delhi Gate and beyond will be allowed depending upon the progress of the parade.
On January 26, area bounded by Kautilya Marg-Kamal Ataturk Marg-Aurangzeb Road-'Q'-point-Humayun Road-Subramaniam Bharti Marg-Mathura Road-Bhagwan Dass Road-Feroze Shah Road R/A Windsor Place-Ashoka Road-Baba Kharak Singh Marg-Mother Teresa Crescent and Sardar Patel Marg up to Kautilya Marg will be restricted area and only labelled vehicles of the invitees and vehicles of bona fide residents of these areas shall be permitted on Monday from 6 am to enter till conclusion of the Parade at about 12.30 pm.
"Invitees are requested to follow routes and instructions printed on backside of label to reach the parking lots. For the guidance of the visitors, directional boards for seating enclosures have also been erected at various locations," said Shukla.
Police said that invitation cards have been issued for the invitees and other spectators.
"People are requested to acquaint themselves with the location of their seating enclosures and the parking lots. Enclosures No 1 to 17 are located on the Southern side of Rajpath, while enclosures No 18 to 35 are located on the Northern side of Rajpath," said Shukla.
The Triangular labels are meant for parking lots 1 to 5 situated on the South of Rajpath behind the Water Channel. Similarly, Square parking labels 6 to 9 are for parking lots on Northern side of Rajpath behind Water Channel.
In addition, separate parking labels meant for "Park & Ride" scheme on same pattern i.E. Square for parking at Palika Parking Connaught Place (North of Raj Path enclosures) and Triangular for parking at Central Civil Services Cultural & Sport Board Ground at Vinay Marg (South of Rajpath enclosures) have been issued.
After conclusion of the ceremony, the officers may board the waiting buses from the same points where they alighted and reach their respective 'Park & Ride' locations where they had parked their vehicles.
"No TSR and Taxi will be allowed to enter or ply in the restricted area after 6:00 am. Those visitors who are coming by auto/taxi may use 'Park & Ride' facility to reach the venue. Traffic police arrangements are for the guidance of the public. Motorists are required to have patience, observe traffic and road discipline and follow directions of Traffic Police personnel," said Shukla.
Routes for inter-city and inter-state buses will also be either curtailed or diverted during the period.
Police also said that invitation card has been issued by name and is not transferable.
"This should not be transferred to anyone else. Mobile phone will not be allowed in enclosures. Do not bring electronic items like Laptop, Camera/Video Camera, Transistor, Digital Diary, Remote controlled Car-keys, etc. Do not bring eatables, food packets, water bottles, cigarette lighter, match boxes, knives, arms, etc," the advisory said.