The Delhi Traffic Police on Monday have issued an advisory about special traffic arrangements and restrictions for Tuesday and Wednesday as the normal flow of traffic will be affected on the occasion of Chhath Puja. Commuters have been advised commuters to avoid roads including Outer Ring Road from Mukarba Chowk to Chandgi Ram Akhara, Wazirabad Bridge, roads near ISBT Kashmere Gate, Pushta Road (Khajoori/Shastri Park), Kalindi Kunj Bridge on these two days.
Traffic is likely to be affected on roads adjoining the major Yamuna ghats and water bodies like the Bhalaswa Lake and the Haiderpur Canal. However, there will be no traffic restrictions in areas adjoining New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station and ISBT.
People are requested to avail public transport such as the Delhi Metro to help to keep the roads decongested, the advisory stated. Appropriate diversions will be made by the traffic police based on ground requirement.
Chhath Puja or Chhath Parva is celebrated six days after Diwali in the month of Kartik (October/November). This year, the festival is being celebrated with Nahay-Khay on November 11 and ending on November 14. Chhath Puja is a thanksgiving festival of the Hindus.
The day is marked to offer gratitude to the Hindu Sun god - Lord Surya and Chhati Maiyya for the bountiful life on earth. Believers and devotees wake up early in the morning and wait for the sunrise. As the sun rises, prayers are offered to grant certain wishes for the well-being of the family and loved ones. The festival is observed for four days with fasting and praying.