Saturday, September 25, 2010

Athletes Arriving Today Brace for Traffic Jams

The movement of athletes from IGI Airport to Commonwealth Games Village on Saturday is expected to cause minor disruption of traffic between 9.30am and 10.30am. The traffic police do not plan to close the lanes for the entire time. But Delhiites can expect trouble from September 27 when the Games lanes will be fully functional.

”As per schedule received from the Organizing Committee, athletes will arrive at the international airport and move to the Games Village in the morning. There will be partial restriction on Games lanes between the airport and Games Village between 9.30am and 10.30am. Other than these, there will not be exclusive restrictions on other stretches earmarked as Games Lanes,’’ said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The contingents will move to the Village via National Highway-8, Sardar Patel Marg, Panchsheel Marg, Kamal Attaturk Marg, Safdarjung Road, Aurobindo Marg, Lodhi Road, Mathura Road, Bhairon Road, Ring Road and National Highway-24.

The movement of athletes to training venues will also be facilitated for which the vehicles carrying the athletes will follow a police pilot car or bike. People have been advised to give way to the contingents. The real trouble is expected to start from September 27. ‘‘As most of the athletes and officials are expected to check in by September 26, the Games Lane will be fully operational from September 27. People are advised to take alternative routes,’’ Garg said.

Motorists are advised to avoid the spinal route for Commonwealth Games lanes which link the Village, Hotel Ashoka and Hotel Samrat and six venues including JLN stadium, Thyagraj Stadium, Siri Fort, RK Khanna Tennis complex, SPM complex and Talkatora Stadium.

The traffic police have urged Delhiites to switch to public transport and use alternative routes.