The border between Delhi and Noida is closed due to protests from farmers
On the seventh day of their protest against the three controversial farm laws passed in Parliament in September, farmers continued their sit-in on the Delhi-Noida border for a second day on Wednesday, leading to the closure of a key route connecting the national capital. with Uttar Pradesh.
The traffic police have advised travelers traveling to Delhi to avoid using the Chilla route and instead take the DND or Kalindi Kunj route.
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“The Chilla border on the Noida link road is closed to traffic due to protests by farmers near Gautam Budh Dwar. People are advised to avoid the Noida interchange road to go to Noida and to use NH-24 and DND instead for Noida, ”the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
Hundreds of farmers affiliated with the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and other groups had gathered at the border on Tuesday night. Strong security measures were deployed on both sides of the border to prevent them from advancing towards Delhi to join farmers from Punjab and Haryana in their protest.
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Farmers protest against the three agricultural laws passed by the Center in September. The three laws, which farmers say would make them vulnerable to exploitation by large corporations, are: the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020.
However, the government was firm in its position that the laws are beneficial to farmers. On his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “New dimensions are being added to agriculture and its related activities in India. The agricultural reforms of the last days have also opened new doors of possibilities for our farmers ”.
“These reforms have not only broken the chains of farmers, but have also given them new rights and opportunities. These rights began to mitigate the problems that farmers faced in a short period of time, ”he added.
(with contributions from the agency)