There is no relief in sight for office-goers and other commuters from long traffic snarls, as thousands of farmers have blocked key entrances to Delhi on the seventh day of their protest, demanding bulk purchase of all their crops by government as well as private buyers at MSP, a rate that is 1.5 times the farmer’s cost price. While the police have kept the Haryana-Delhi border at Singhu and Tikri closed for traffic, the protest in Ghazipur, the city’s border with Uttar Pradesh, has intensified too. The protest at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border led to the closure of a key route connecting the national capital with the state.
The Chilla border en route Noida Link Road is closed for traffic due to farmers’ protests near the Gautam Budh Dwar. Delhi Police has advised commuters to avoid the link road for going to NOIDA and use NH 24 and DND instead.
Two more border points connecting the national capital with Gurgaon and Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh were closed today as precautionary measures.
The traffic police said the borders at Tikri, Jharoda and Jhatikra are closed for all kinds of traffic movement. The Badusarai border is open only for two wheelers. Available open borders to Haryana are Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera, it said.
As traffic spilled over to alternate routes, it led to long jams there as well. The protest against the new farm laws is set to continue as talks between three Union ministers and farmer groups ended in a stalemate on Tuesday after they rejected the government’s suggestion of a new committee to look into issues raised by agitating farmers.
The two sides, however, decided to meet again on Thursday.
Trains to and from Delhi affected too
The 09613 Ajmer-Amritsar Express special train journey commencing on December 2 will remain cancelled. Consequently, the 09612 Amritsar – Ajmer special train commencing on December 3 will also remain cancelled. The 05211 Dibrugarh- Amritsar express special train commencing on December 3 will remain cancelled. Consequently, the 05212 Amritsar – Dibrugarh special train commencing on December 3 will also remain cancelled.
The 04998/04997 Bhatinda-Varanasi-Bhatinda Express special train will remain cancelled till further order. The 02715 Nanded – Amritsar express commencing on December 2 will be short terminated at New Delhi. The 02925 Bandra Terminus – Amritsar express commencing on December 2 will be short terminated at Chandigarh. The 04650/74 Amritsar-Jaynagar express commencing on December 2 will be diverted to run via Amritsar-Tarntaran-Beas.
The 08215 Durg-Jammu Tawi Express commencing on December 2 will be diverted to run via Ludhiana Jalandhar Cantt-Pathankot Cantonment. The 08216 Jammu Tawi – Durg express commencing on December 4 will be diverted to run via Pathankot Cantt – Jalandhar Cantt – Ludhiana.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal met Home Minister Amit Shah today as the deadlock over the crisis continues with representatives of 35 agitating organisations vowing to intensify the stir.
The union will hold another round of discussions with crop growers tomorrow (3 December) as the meeting held at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan a day earlier ended without any solution.
The government had, in the meeting, asked the representatives of the farmer unions to get into a committee comprising ministers, experts and farmers, which the representatives declined, fearing it was a typical dilly-dallying tactic of governments.