Traffic jams: Police try to pacify commuters

August 14th, 2011 - 12:26 am ICT by IANS  

Facebook New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) As Delhi commuters blamed the mismanagement of Delhi Traffic Police for heavy jams in some parts of the city on Raksha Bandhan Saturday, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg tried to pacify the aggrieved.

In a message posted on social networking site Facebook, Garg acknowledged the fact that it was a “difficult day for Delhi commuters”.

“People got stuck on Outer Ring Road between Janakpuri and Madhuban at Wazirabad Bridge…A DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) bus had broken down on bridge and it had to be towed away with the help of ropes as a crane could not reach the place,” Garg posted on Facebook.

“I am aware many people spent unusually long period on roads today. Many people blamed traffic police for not doing needful. But reality needs to be explained,” added Garg.

Delhiites were out on the road since morning visiting relatives as sisters tied rakhis on their brothers’ wrists who, in turn, vowed to protect them and showered them with gifts and presents.

A follower of Delhi Traffic Police on Facebook, Anshuman Sharma, was not impressed and accused them of making excuses.

“What about the Badarpur and Naraina flyovers? I got stuck there for hours. Don’t make excuses,” posted Sharma.

The Delhi Metro carried over 20 lakh passengers and set a new record in a single day’s ridership.

The Metro trains carried 2,066,925 passengers, surpassing the previous record of 1,830,944 for a single day set Aug 2, a Delhi Metro official said.

In 2010, 12.02 lakh passengers travelled on the day of the festival.

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