Thousands of farmers marched from Ramlila Maidan to Parliament Street in central Delhi on Friday sending the traffic out of gear in the capital city. Farmers from various states camped at the Ramlila Maidan overnight braving the winter chill and began their march again in the morning today towards Parliament to press for their various demands including loan waiver and remunerative prices for their produce.
With Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also likely to join the farmers' protest, the traffic scenario certain to get worse on the city later in the afternoon.
Traffic was affected on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, on the stretch near Guru Nanak Eye hospital, Maharaja Ranjit Singh flyover, Barakhamba Chowk and Janpath on Friday morning. Commuters were advised to avoid these routes.
Around 1,000 traffic police personnel have been deployed between Ramlila maidan and Parliament to ensure that commuters do not face inconvenience.
"Due to this march, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Ferozshah Road, Janpath, Mandir Marg, Panchkuian Marg, Ashoka Road, Jai Singh Marg and inner and outer circles of Connaught Place will be effected. Our senior traffic officials, along with other traffic personnel, are managing traffic," a senior traffic police official said.
Citizens were advised to follow the Delhi Traffic Police Facebook page, Twitter handle, WhatsApp and the traffic helpline for live updates.
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Over 3,500 police personnel have also been deployed on the route of the march and special arrangements have been made in Central and New Delhi police districts.
Banded under the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), which claims to be an umbrella body of 207 organisations of farmers and agricultural workers, many farmers arrived in the city on Thursday, on trains, buses and other modes of transport.
(With inputs from PTI)