Police keep vigil at Noida border to prevent entry of protesting farmers in Delhi amid traffic mess

Massive traffic jams were witnessed on the Delhi-Noida border on Thursday as police personnel were deployed to check vehicles after a protest called by farmers in Noida and Greater Noida, officials said.

Motorists spent hours in the crawling traffic as the police personnel with heavy equipment were on alert to restrict movement on the road at the Delhi-Noida borders near Mayur Vihar, as the farmers tried to enter the national capital.

A senior Delhi Police officer at the border said that traffic was allowed but, if needed, the road will be blocked completely.

“As of now, the Uttar Pradesh Police is dealing with them and hopefully they will not enter Delhi,” he said.

Long queues of vehicles choked the roads as several two-wheelers and four-wheelers were stuck in the jam at Sarita Vihar, officials said.

“I am headed to Agra and cannot change route now because this is the only way which will take me to the highway. It’s not clear how much time it will take as the traffic is very slow,” said motorist Raj Sharma.

A heavy traffic jam was reported on the Delhi-Noida highway as well, officials said.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up in the national capital, especially on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, in view of the protests by farmers, officials added.

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