Supreme Court, markets, schools, banks to be shut down in Delhi during G20 summit

Commuters walk in New Delhi. [File Photo]

New Delhi: The 18th G20 Summit is set to take place in New Delhi from September 8 to 10, with more than 25 world leaders and a multitude of delegates converging at Pragati Maidan for this global event.

The Bharat Mandapam convention center, recently constructed for this purpose, will be the epicenter of the summit. In preparation for this event, the city of Delhi is gearing up for a series of closures and traffic restrictions that will impact the daily lives of its residents.

City-wide closures

In an effort to ensure the smooth operation of the G20 Summit, all establishments, including schools, offices, restaurants, malls, and markets in New Delhi, will remain closed from September 8 to 10. Even the Supreme Court will not be exempt from this temporary shutdown. These closures will be in effect from September 7, a day prior to the summit’s commencement, through September 10.

Traffic restrictions and diversions

The city will also see a host of traffic restrictions and diversions during this period. While heavy and light goods vehicles will face curbs, those carrying essential commodities such as milk, vegetables, fruits, and medical supplies will be allowed entry into Delhi. Traffic movement will be permitted on the Ring Road and other routes leading to Delhi’s borders. Railways and the airport will remain open, although travelers should anticipate slight delays.

Metro and bus services will be operational but with some limitations, especially at stations near the summit venue, such as the Supreme Court. Notably, boarding or de-boarding at the Supreme Court Metro Station will be prohibited from 5 am on September 9 until 11 pm on September 10.

Public transportation guidelines

Three-seater rickshaws (TSRs) and taxis will be permitted on roads outside the New Delhi District. Taxis carrying passengers heading to the New Delhi District will require proper passes or hotel booking details. Residents, authorized vehicles, and essential service providers are advised to carry identification documents.

Buses, particularly those operating on the Ring Road, will continue to run during this period.

Traveling to railway stations

Passengers traveling to the New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations should anticipate some curbs. To avoid any potential delays, it is advisable to begin your journey early. Metro usage is recommended between September 8 and 10.

Passengers headed to New Delhi Railway station from Ajmeri Gate side will face restrictions from 1 am to 1 pm on September 10. Those journeying to the Old Delhi station should be aware that traffic will be affected on the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee side.

Travelers going to Hazrat Nizamuddin station can utilize the special North-South and East-West corridors or opt for the Metro.

Airport travel

For those traveling to the airport, the Metro’s Airport Express Line (Orange Line) connecting New Delhi Station to Dwarka Sector 21 Station via IGI Airport T3 is recommended. Road traffic to IGI Airport will be impacted from the midnight of September 7 to 11.59 pm on September 10. Passengers are advised to factor in additional time for security checks, check-in procedures, and potential traffic delays en route to the airport.

Closure of govt offices and banks

Within the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Police District, commercial banks, financial institutions, shops, and business establishments will be closed during the summit.

As New Delhi prepares to host this global gathering of leaders, residents and commuters are urged to plan their movements accordingly, taking into account the extensive closures and traffic restrictions that will be in effect during the G20 Summit. Authorities are working diligently to ensure a secure and efficient summit, and the cooperation of all residents and visitors is greatly appreciated. Stay updated on traffic advisories via the Delhi Traffic Police’s website for the latest information.

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