CWG traffic trials in peak hours jam Delhi roads

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Sep 14: With just twenty days left to go for the Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhiites got a preview of what to expect once the international sporting event kick starts.

The city police conducted trials on exclusive lanes for Commonwealth Games during peak office hours on Tuesday, Sep 14 causing bumper-to-bumper traffic across the capital.

The trials were scheduled to be held on Monday, Sep 13 evening, but were postponed to Tuesday, Sep 14 due to rains.

The rehearsals were conducted on four stretches, including Chandgi Ram Akhada to Mall Road on Ring Road, Ring Road-NH-24 to Ghazipur Crossing, Kalkaji Mandir-Ma Anand Mai Marg-Lal Kuan-MB Road-Suraj Kund Road and SPM-Panchsheel to RML via Mother Taresa Crescent, for two hours from 8 am.

All the four stretches as well as the arterial roads were blocked and the traffic was moving at snail's pace.

Even though this was the first trial to be conducted in peak hours, six trials conducted earlier have frustrated the commuters.

The Delhi police said that it was conducting the trials to familiarise commuters about the pattern of traffic movement during the Games.

"Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements for smooth movement of Commonwealth Games related traffic during the event," an official informed.

The exclusive lanes for Games, from and to sporting venues and airports, will come into effect from Monday, Sep 20. Those straying into those lanes will be penalised Rs 2,000 and their vehicles will be impounded.

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