NH-9, NH-24 shut over farmers stir, heavy traffic on NH-44

by IANS |

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) Due to the ongoing protests against farm laws, National Highway 9 and National Highway 24 are closed at the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border also called the "UP Gate", said Delhi Traffic Police on Monday.

"Due to protest of Kisan Andolan, Nainital highway No. 9 and NH-24 is closed at the point of UP Gate. Traffic is heavy in both carriageways. The diversion has been given from Delhi towards Ghaziabad," tweeted the Delhi Traffic Police.

It also advised people to take diversions from Delhi towards Ghaziabad via road number 57A to Hassan Pura and Karkari Mor, Road number 56 towards Anand Vihar and road towards Ghaziabad via Paper Market Ghazipur.

"Singhu and Singhu school borders are closed. Auchandi, Lampur, Safiabad, Saboli, Piau Maniyari and Palla toll tax borders are open. Please follow alternate routes," said Additional CP Traffic A.K. Singla.

Traffic is reported to be heavy on NH 44 and Narela. The traffic police also advised commuters to avoid the Outer Ring Road, GTK road and NH 44.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border points -- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur -- for over three months, demanding the repeal of contentious farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

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