However, traffic police claimed that the situation was better this time compared to previous years. They said there were no major gridlocks. “About 1,200 additional personnel were deployed to control the situation,” said a senior officer.
“I have been stuck at the Defence Colony flyover for half an hour due to the traffic volume at the Lajpat Nagar market,” said Sanjay Chauhan, who was driving from Supreme Court to Amar Colony. As the day progressed, parking was disallowed on the approach roads to major markets.
Police said by evening more than 40 lakh vehicles were on the road. As per estimates over 10 lakh vehicles from the rest of NCR enter Delhi during the festive season.
“I left office early to avoid jams, but got stuck at DB Gupta Road, how do they expect anything to move in this chock-a-block situation,” said Santosh Pandey driving from Paharganj to Karol Bagh. Some tried to take short cuts through colonies leading to congestions in Malviya Nagar, Panchsheel and Kalkaji.