Former president’s funeral procession cripples traffic in Delhi

January 28th, 2009 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 28 (IANS) The funeral processions of former president R. Venkataraman and former Delhi Congress chief Ram Babu Sharma Wednesday threw traffic in the national capital out of gear, leading to jams and snarls for many hours at various points.Venkataraman’s body was taken out from his house on Safdarjung Road of New Delhi around 3 p.m. on a gun carriage to the Ekta Sthal, on the banks of the Yamuna, and cremated there in the presence of a large number of VIPs and political leaders.

The funeral procession, joined in by various VIPs, took a long route via Safdarjung Road-Akbar Road-India Gate-W Hexagon Point-Tilak Marg-Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, and Ring Road to Ekta Sthal.

The traffic was either diverted or completely stopped on these roads, leading to traffic jams and snarls not only on these roads but on all radial roads connecting to the historic India Gate.

Ambulances and police control room (PCR) vans too were stranded on the roads.

“People in ambulances were pleading others to give them the way but no one could do anything, as there was hardly any space on the road,” said Rakesh Shankar, who was caught in the interminably long traffic jam while commuting from east Delhi to south Delhi.

“Everyone was just stranded. It took me an hour to move an inch further. Policemen were there on the roads, but hardly of any use,” he added.

The funeral procession of Ram Babu Sharma added to the traffic chaos.

Sharma’s body was taken from the Delhi Congress office to the Nigam Bodh Ghat. His funeral was attended by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, her cabinet ministers and other senior Congress leaders.

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