GURUGRAM/GHAZIABAD: While the tractor rally planned on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway might not affect traffic in Gurugram, police are on high alert and vigil has been stepped up, especially at the possible choke points.
Heavy police deployment has been arranged at Kapriwas border, Farrukhnagar, Manesar, Bilaspur Chowk, and Panchgaon, officials have said.
Although no diversions were announced in Gurugram and Ghaziabad – a tractor rally will move from UP Gate to Palwal through the Eastern Peripheral Expressway on Thursday – in Noida, the traffic police have said the expressway will be shut from 12 pm to 3 pm. The rally from UP Gate is supposed to pass through Duhai, Dasna, Beel Akbarpur and Sirsa before reaching Palwal and then return on the same route.
“Vehicles travelling from Sirsa cut towards Tilapta and those travelling from Beel Akbarpur to Sonipat will not be able to reach EPE between 2 pm and 5 pm. Traffic from Sirsa cut to Tilapta and Beel Akbarpur to Dadri will be diverted accordingly,” the advisory said.
In Gurugram, police spokesperson Subhash Boken said: “No special diversions have been planned. It is most likely that traffic in the city will not get affected. But we are fully prepared to keep tabs on the situation. Nearly 2,000 police personnel would be deployed at key spots and vulnerable areas and they will give live updates to the control room.”
The KMP Expressway was largely unaffected by the farmer protests all this while.
According to farmer leaders, members of around 34 outfits, social workers, NGOs, and others will join the rally, which some are describing as a dry run before the Republic Day protest march.
According to the organisers, while a group of farmers will start the rally from the Ghazipur border, others will start from Singhu. The groups will meet on the KMP from where they will issue statements and reiterate that the government fulfil their demands during Friday’s meeting.
For many farmers from south Haryana, Nuh, Farrukhnagar, and Manesar could be the entry points to reach KMP expressway.
“We don’t want to disclose our route and give the police an opportunity to block us. We will be using several routes to reach the KMP expressway. The main rally will start from two points, Ghazipur and Singhu. All the protesters will meet midway on the KMP expressway and directions would be issued regarding our programme on Republic Day,” said BKU leader Shyam Singh.
On the other border in Ghaziabad, more than 500 tractors are getting ready for the rally to Palwal.