G20 Summit: Delhi Metro service, road traffic to face disruptions

Supreme Court station will remain closed, while entry and exit at a few other stations will be temporarily restricted due to security concerns

G20 Summit Delhi Metro

New Delhi: Metro rail services in Delhi will remain operative during the G20 summit, except minor disruptions at a few places. Metro station at Supreme Court will remain closed due to security concerns and entry and exit at a few other stations may be closed temporarily, said a senior officer of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday.

Daily commuters may have to face some difficulties in due to sudden change in plan regarding entry and exit at a few stations due to the high-profile meeting. Routes of buses and traffic operation on some roads would also be diverted. Officials have announced the complete closure of one metro station and indicated the possibility of additional curbs.

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Delhi Traffic Special CP Surender Yadav said that metro services would be hit at the Supreme Court metro station only. “Metro services will continue at all other stations. At some metro stations, entry and exit may be closed for 10-15 minutes as per the security rules, but train services will continue.”

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi Metro, had called for closing of gates of more than 20 metro stations citing the security concerns. An official communication between police and the DMRC said that three gates of Khan Market, two of Moti Bagh and five of ITO (among others) were “required” to be closed to strengthen the security matrix from September 8 to September 10.

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The letter sought the closure of gates 1, 2 and 3 for the Khan Market station while gate number 4 was opened for entry and exit. Gate number 2 of Kailash Colony station is to be closed and all gates of Lajpat Nagar metro station except gate number 5 are to close. The letter marked Janpath station as ‘sensitive’ and called for just gate number 2 to be operational. DCP metro had also sought closure of all Gates of Bhikaji Cama Place.

The letter did not stated that there will be any restrictions on entry and exit for commuters on stations such as Aero City, Dhaula Kuan, South Campus, Dwarka Sec-21, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, Greater Kailash, Nehru Enclave, Kalkaji Mandir, Rajiv Chowk, Chawri Bazar and Chandni Chowk.

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Road traffic to be also hit

Road transportation will also be affected during the event with officials announcing some diversions. “The control of the ISBT buses, we will be implementing from 5 AM in the morning of September 8. They will not be allowed to enter from the Gurugram side, they will be diverted from IFFCO chowk towards MG road and from there they will enter through Mehrauli. The controlled zone will not have the facility of city bus service,” Surender Yadav added during the briefing.

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