1 – G20 Summit: What’s open and closed in Delhi, and routes to avoid
Delhi is all geared up to host one of the biggest events of the year, the G20 Summit, from September 9-10. For your information, all heads of the state and dignitaries from 20 leading economies of the world will start arriving in the national capital a day earlier. For their smooth travel, authorities will be imposing a set of traffic restrictions. Referring to this, the Delhi Traffic Police has also released a detailed advisory for the people so that they don’t get stuck somewhere, or face any type of inconvenience during the summit period.
Do note that the New Delhi area, where the summit will be held, will remain out of bounds from the night of September 7.
So, here is all that you need to know about what will remain closed and open during these dates.
2 – List of what will remain open and what will remain close for the G20 summit
As the summit is all set to be held at the newly-built Bharat Mandapam convention centre in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, entry and exit in the capital will be regulated.
As per the traffic police, all the establishments, such as restaurants, offices, malls and markets, will remain closed in New Delhi from September 8. Authorities added that those living in the area will be allowed entry and exit, but those coming from outside will need special passes.
All non-destined vehicles will be diverted towards Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways and other alternative routes. In short, these vehicles will be denied entry to Delhi.
Also note, heavy and light goods vehicles will not be allowed to enter Delhi, where those carrying essential commodities like fruits, milk, vegetables, and medical supplies will be allowed to enter into Delhi.
Emergency medical vehicles will not be stopped, whereas metro and bus services will remain operational, but with some restrictions in place. Reports add that the traffic police will be setting up a dedicated ambulance assistance control room from midnight of September 7 to 11.59 pm of September 11.
3 – Will there be taxis, buses, and auto rickshaws available?
Auto rickshaws and taxis will be allowed on the road network outside New Delhi district. Do note that taxis carrying tourists will be allowed entry to the New Delhi district, but that will be possible only if they have valid hotel bookings.
Meanwhile, residents, essential service providers, and authorised vehicles will need to carry documents to prove their identity.
As regarding the buses, they will be allowed to operate on Ring Road and road network beyond Ring Road towards the borders of Delhi.
Also, as per the advisory, general traffic, which will include all types of commercial buses and vehicles already present in Delhi will be allowed on Ring Road and road network beyond Ring Road towards the borders of Delhi.
4 – How to travel from airport and railway stations?
The Delhi Traffic Police informed that the movement of passengers to airport, New Delhi, and Old Delhi railway stations will be facilitated. The police advised those travelling to these place should make sure that they take the suggested routes, and also keep sufficient time at hand.
The Delhi Traffic Police also advised people to take the metro to commute between September 8 and 10.
5 – Here are the suggested routes that you can take
The traffic police have requested commuters to avoid taking routes to places that fall in regulated and controlled zones. However, if it’s unavoidable, take these following routes instead.
North-South corridor: Ring Road-Ashram Chowk-Sarai Kale Khan-Delhi-Meerut Expressway-Noida Link Road-Pusta Road-Yudhistir Setu-ISBT Kashmere Gate-Ring Road-Majnu Ka Tila
Further, from AIIMS Chowk-Ring
East-West corridor: From Sun Dial/DND Flyover-Ring Road-Ashram Chowk-Moolchand Underpass-AIIMS Chowk-Ring Road-Dhaula Kuan-Ring Road-Brar Square-Naraina flyover.
From Yudhisthir Setu-Ring Road-Chandgi Ram Akhara-Mall Road-Azadpur Chowk-Ring Road-Lala Jagat Narayan Marg
Road-Dhaula Kuan-Ring Road-Brar Square-Naraina Flyover-Rajouri Garden Junction-Ring Road-Punjabi Bagh Junction-Ring Road-Azad Pur Chowk
6 – Advisory for railway travellers
Travel toward New Delhi Railway station from Ajmeri Gate side will be affected from 1 AM to 1 PM on September 10. Those who need to go to the Old Delhi station, they should note that road journeys from Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road side will be affected during the same period.
Passengers travelling toward Hazrat Nizamuddin station have been urged to make maximum use of metro services. However, if they need to hit the roads, the traffic police have created special North-South and East-West corridors.
7 – Advisory for airport travellers
Those heading toward the airport have been advised to make maximum use of metro services, especially the Airport Express Line (Orange Line) connecting New Delhi Station to Dwarka Sector 21 Station via IGI Airport T3.
Do note that road journeys towards IGI Airport will be affected from the midnight of September 7 to 11:59 PM on September 10.
8 – What about the metro services?
As per the reports, metro service will remain available for commuters at all metro stations. Those boarding/deboarding at Supreme Court Metro Station will, however, not be permitted from 5 AM on September 9 to 11 PM on September 10.