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Delhi: Republic Day parade rehearsal gets underway, traffic jams follow

Delhi Traffic Police on Monday advised commuters to make use of Google Maps to navigate the city's roads. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 23, 2018, 08.08 AM (IST)

The first full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade got underway in Delhi Tuesday morning. 


Delhi Traffic Police issued a traffic advisory Tuesday morning but the customary traffic snarls followed. 

There was a two-kilometre jam on the Akshardham to Nizamuddin stretch. ITO was also jammed, as was Ashram to DND, NH 24 and Pusa Road. 

Mayur Vihar Phase I and III, Pusa Road, and the Ranhola to Najafgarh also saw half-hour delays. 

Road restrictions will be in place Tuesday to Friday in large parts of central Delhi ahead of Republic Day celebrations and an India-ASEAN commemorative summit. 


Monday morning too had seen massive traffic snarls in the central Delhi area after a dress rehearsal of the parade was held. 

Jams were reported on roads around India Gate, ITO, the Ring Road near South Extention, Lajpat Nagar, and Maharani Bagh and all the way into Noida via the DND. 

Incoming traffic from Noida too was affected too due to barricades being put for security purposes. 

Delhi Traffic Police had on Monday advised commuters to make use of Google Maps to navigate the city's roads but despite several advisories, news reports said the traffic situation on the ground was nothing short of "chaotic".