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Ghaziabad-Delhi border a hotspot for traffic snarls

Police deployed at the check post halted vehicles to check e-passes as UP administration decided to seal the borders in the wake of the rising cases of coronavirus.

Published: 26th May 2020 12:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2020 10:45 AM   |  A+A-

A massive traffic jam at the Delhi- UP border, as the border has been sealed due to increase in Covid cases in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo | EPS/Parveen Negi)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: A day after resealing its borders with national capital, huge traffic build-up was witnessed at the Ghaziabad border near east Delhi as the movement of vehicles was restricted on Tuesday morning.
Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey had issued directives on Monday in connection with sealing the district borders with Delhi for the second time. The decision to that effect was taken after the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer in the wake of the rising number of corona cases in the district which had turned into a red zone after being classified as an orange zone in the recent past.

The DM made passes mandatory for those who wished to travel to the national capital. As per the district police sources, the traffic jam was there at the border as the cops were checking the passes in compliance with DM’s order. Even though, the UP-Gate and Anand Vihar-Kaushambi border were opened, passage to Delhi was allowed only to those who were issued passes by the Ghaziabad district administration. Similar scenes were witnessed at Kalindi Kunj border as well.

Nevetheless, vehicles deployed in essential services were allowed passage without any hindrance.
The common issue faced by commuters, stuck at the border, was that they were not being allowed to go to Delhi even after furnishing their office identity cards.

On Monday, while defining the restrictions, the district administration Ghaziabad had made it clear that those working in Delhi, either in Union government or Delhi government, would be allowed passage on furnishing their official identity cards till they procured the e-pass. However, the Ghaziabad administration ordered restrictions on Monday evening citing that people travelling to Delhi were getting infected with deadly virus.

The order also had stated that commuters were advised to leave Ghaziabad maximum by 9 am and return only after 6 pm. Officials said those wanting to travel to Delhi could apply for passes at http://164.100.68.164/upepass2/.

Ghaziabad has a total of 238 corona positive cases with 47 active cases and 189 discharged after recovery.  However, two deaths have been recorded due to Covid-19 in the district.

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