Singhu and Tikri Borders Closed to Traffic Due to Farmers’ Protest, Delhi Traffic Police Issues Notice
The farmers’ protest near Delhi is showing its impact on the movement of trafficking in the border areas. The Delhi Traffic Police posted a tweet early Tuesday morning saying that the Singhu and Tikri borders, where these farmers are protesting, are closed to any traffic movement.
“The Tikri border is closed for any traffic movement. The Badusarai and Jhatikara borders are open only for two-wheeler traffic. The open borders available to Haryana follow the borders of Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan / Bajghera, Palam vihar and Dundahera, ”Delhi Traffic Police said on Twitter.
“The Singhu border is still closed on both sides. Please take an alternative route. Traffic has been diverted from the Mukarba Chowk and GTK highway. The traffic is very heavy. Avoid the outer ring road from the signature bridge to Rohini and vice versa, the GTK road, the NH 44 border and Singhu, ”it said in another tweet.
Farmers protest at the borders of Singhu and Tikri (both on the Haryana side) after rejecting the Center’s offer to move to Burari. The protesters had asked for a location in central Delhi.
Although the sit-in, which entered its sixth day on Tuesday, has been peaceful, it has affected the movement of traffic in both areas. Long lines of vehicles blocked the roads as the Delhi police closed the Singhu and Tikri borders.
Tractor cars have occupied a 10 km long stretch along the Ambala-Delhi national highway.
Many protesters have padded their carts with layers of straw and placed mattresses on top to protect them from the cold. Nighttime temperatures in recent days have stabilized at around 9 degrees Celsius.
Among the protesters are men and women over 70 years of age.
Flags of various teams of farmers from Punjab and Haryana can be seen above the tractors, some of which are equipped with loudspeakers and used by the leaders of the peasant corps to address the meetings.
Experts warned that the upheaval could turn into a Covid-19 super-spreading event as there have been few signs of social distancing during protests that began last week with farmers, grouped under various organizations, leaving their homes and heading towards Delhi.
Farmers protest against all three laws: Farmers’ Agricultural Services and Prices Guarantee Agreement (Empowerment and Protection), 2020; Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020, which went into effect on September 27 after the consent of President Ram Nath Kovind.
Farmers have expressed fear that the Center’s farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporations.
The government has argued that the new laws will provide better opportunities for farmers and usher in new technologies in agriculture. He has also invited farmers’ unions to speak on December 1, two days before a scheduled meeting.