New Delhi: Chaos ruled busy roads and metro stations in the capital today as thousands of commuters were stranded at major intersections due to massive traffic jams as several roads and nine metro stations were shut down to prevent protesters from reaching India Gate and Raisina Hills.
As roads leading to Rajpath and India Gate were closed from all directions and Metro stations in the area became out of bounds for public, commuters waited for public transport for hours while vehicles got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic snarls at several places across the capital.
Nine metro stations, including the busiest Rajiv Chowk that usually sees a footfall of 5 lakh passengers a day, in central Delhi were shut down, leaving thousands of commuters stranded and at the mercy of auto rickshaws drivers, who fleeced them.
The measures were taken following yesterday's pitched battles at Rajpath and India Gate between police personnel and protesters agitating over the rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in New Delhi on 16 December.
ITO Bridge, one of the major connections in the capital, was clogged with vehicles since morning hours and the chaos only aggravated as the day progressed with people having to wait patiently inside their vehicles for hours.
There was traffic chaos at Pragati Maidan, Nizamuddin Bridge, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, Mother Teresa Cresent Road, Mathura Road, Khan Market, Mandi House and Barakhamba Road, besides other major sections.
Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course Road and Khan Market Metro stations were closed. Though inter-change was allowed at Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat stations, it was not of much help to the people as stations nearby were also closed.
Closing of entry points to Rajpath and India Gate were the main reason for the mayhem on the roads, which were dotted with men in khaki.
Policemen in large numbers could be seen on all major roads.