Traffic Preparations for the Upcoming G-20 Summit in Delhi
Ahead of the G-20 leaders’ summit in Delhi next month, the Delhi traffic police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure hassle-free travel for dignitaries and the public. As part of these preparations, the Delhi Police will be introducing a virtual help desk in collaboration with traffic-mapping services. This innovative step aims to enable real-time tracking of VIP movements and effective traffic management throughout the national capital. Special Commissioner of Police, Traffic, SS Yadav, expressed his pride in India’s role as the host of the G-20 summit and highlighted the significance of the virtual help desk in providing essential information to the public.
Controlled Zone and Traffic Regulation
During the G-20 summit scheduled for September 8 to 10, the entire New Delhi area will be designated as a controlled zone. The Delhi traffic authorities have also issued a comprehensive advisory tailored for both Delhi residents and individuals traveling through the city’s borders. The restrictions will come into effect from September 7 at midnight and will continue until September 10 at midnight.
Delhi Police’s Advisory
In its advisory, the Delhi police strongly encourage the use of the Delhi Metro network whenever feasible during the summit. Notably, Supreme Court Metro Station will be closed for boarding and deboarding due to its proximity to the designated summit venue, Bharat Mandapam. The movement of vehicles within the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area will be allowed only through specific identification.
Special Commissioner Yadav clarified that heavy vehicles will be restricted at Delhi borders, with exceptions for emergency vehicles. The Delhi police will establish ambulance assistance booths at borders to provide unrestricted emergency services. While general traffic will be permitted between the Ring Road and the Delhi borders, vehicles proceeding beyond the Ring Road into the New Delhi district will be subject to regulation.
Public transport, including buses, will operate outside the Ring Road area. Designated vehicles will be directed to the eastern and western corridors. However, vehicles engaged in essential services like waste management, catering, and housekeeping will be exempted. Interstate vehicles can enter Delhi, but they must not reach ISBT terminals and must terminate their routes before the Ring Road.
Private vehicles will be allowed to enter Delhi but will have restrictions within the NDMC area. Taxis will have limited access to NDMC areas, primarily for residents and tourists with verified hotel bookings. For travelers heading to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the Airport Metro Express Line is recommended.
Optimal Routes and Assistance
The Delhi police have provided specific route suggestions for commuters. Those traveling from the northern part of Delhi to the southern areas should consider the Ring Road-Ashram-Sarai Kale Khan-Delhi-Meerut Expressway-Noida Link Road-Pushta-Yudhister Setu-ISBT Kashmere Gate route. For those journeying from the eastern to western areas, options include DND or Sun Dial-Ring Road-Ashram-Moolchand underpass-AIIMS-Ring Road-Dhaula Kuan-Yudhister Setu-Chandgi Ram Akhara-Azadpur, and onwards to Lala Jagat Narayan Marg.
In case of emergency, ambulance assistance can be availed by calling 6828400604. This service will commence from the night of September 7. The Delhi Police have allocated 10,000 police personnel to ensure smooth traffic flow during the G-20 summit, which is scheduled for September 9 and 10 at the International Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan.
G20 Summit 2023 in Delhi
India, holding the G20 presidency, is set to host the leaders’ summit in Delhi on September 9 and 10. This prestigious event will bring together global leaders to discuss crucial international matters.