Shaheen Bagh protest: Road connecting Noida to Faridabad reopens briefly after 69 days of blockade, Noida-Delhi road still closed

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Noida Faridabad road

In what turned out to be a short lived relief for thousands of commuters, the UP Police on Friday opened a key road linking Noida with Kalindi Kunj in Delhi. However, cops put the barricades back few minutes back. The stretch has been closed for over two months now due to the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. The barricading had been put on the Noida-Faridabad road on December 15 when the protests against the CAA began. However, the road connecting Noida and Delhi is still closed.

Commuters have been forced to take alternate routes via DND to go to Faridabad due to the closure of the road, causing inconveniences and delays.

The development comes a day after Supreme Court appointed interlocutors Sanjay Hegde and Sadhna Ramachandran inspected other routes as talks with the protesters to clear the Shaheen Bagh protest venue failed to break the deadlock. They suggested the police to open the other routes after inspection.

"We urged the protesters to come up with creative solutions to the traffic situation. We are happy that the Delhi police have co-operated with our suggestions and the usage of some roads may soon be restored especially for commuters going towards Faridabad," Hegde had said on Thursday evening, when the SC-appointed mediators held second rounds of talks with the protesters at Shaheen Bagh.

The anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh have continued since December 15, 2019. The blockade on Road 13A connecting Delhi with Noida led to the police barricading alternative routes in the vicinity as well. This led to severe traffic jams for commuters travelling between Noida, Delhi and Faridabad.