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02 Nov 2019 | 07:49 AM UTC

India: Traffic disruptions in New Delhi amid Chhath Puja celebrations November 2-3

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Delhi Traffic Police announce traffic disruptions in New Delhi during Chhath Puja celebrations between November 2-3; road diversions and heavy traffic expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/2/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/3/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION New Delhi

Event

Tens of thousands of people are expected to celebrate Chhath Puja across New Delhi from sunset (local time) on Saturday, November 2, through to sunrise on Sunday, November 3. Devotees will gather at bodies of water, including the Yamuna river, Bhalaswa lake, and Haiderpur Canal. The Delhi Traffic Police have said to expect increased traffic on roads adjoining these bodies of water. They have also said that road diversions will be implemented where necessary, and to avoid roads adjoining the Chhath Puja sites. Transport authorities said that there are no scheduled rail disruptions.

A heightened security presence and road disruptions, including increased traffic, are expected during the Chhath Puja celebrations. 

Context

Chhath Puja is a Hindu festival intended to worship the sun God. Associated rituals include holy bathing, fasting, abstaining from drinking water, standing in water for long periods of time, and offering prayer offerings to the setting and rising sun. Some devotees also perform a prostration march as they head for the river banks.

Advice

Individuals in New Delhi are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate increased travel times due to high traffic and increased security measures, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Be alert and report any suspicious objects or behavior to local authorities.

 

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