Farmers Protest: Delhi airport advises passengers on potential delays due to protest

The airport urged travelers to plan accordingly for potential protest-related delays and be aware of alternative route options.

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With farmers' protests set to commence on 13 February at various borders of Delhi, the city's international airport and police have issued travel advisories to help passengers navigate potential traffic disruptions.

In anticipation of the demonstration by farmer unions mainly from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, Delhi Airport is encouraging air travelers to allow extra time and use public transit options like the Airport Express metro lines. They advise passengers to stay informed on the latest traffic situation as diversion routes will be implemented starting 12 February for commercial vehicles.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police have outlined suggested detours for heavy goods vehicles, cars and light commercial vehicles to avoid major protest-affected highways like NH-44. For example, HGVs headed to Sonipat or Panipat should take exit 2 at NH-44 onto alternate routes via Harish Chander Hospital, Bawana Road and Auchandi Border.

Cars and LGVs going towards Bahadurgarh or Rohtak are advised to exit NH-44 and proceed via Outer Ring Road, Bhagwan Mahavir Road and Kanjhawala Road to enter Haryana while avoiding demonstration hotspots. Police say these vehicles should detour through specified villages and border points.

The farmers' "Delhi Chalo" march is slated to advocate for a minimum support price law, a key demand from their 2021 protests that ended prior blockades. With road closures and traffic chaos anticipated, Delhi authorities are taking preemptive steps to mitigate disruptions for motorists.

The advisories aim to keep travelers updated and prevent congestion near protest epicenters. As events unfold, continuous updates from police and transit officials will be crucial for smooth passage through the capital region.