Delhi-Noida Link Road Sealed Amidst Intensifying Farmer Protests
The crucial Delhi-Noida Chilla border has been shut down due to the swelling Delhi Chalo protests, while the police advised commuters to use alternate routes to Noida
As the Delhi Chalo movement enters it seventh day today, the agitating farmers have refused to budge from the borders, forcing the administration to shut down the key Delhi-Noida link road. The Delhi police has issued an advisory to commuters to use the NH24 and the DND flyover instead of the Noida link road on Chilla border. Meanwhile, the Tikri-Janjhhoda border has also been restricted amidst intensifying farmer protests. Close to 300 farmers are said to be heading towards Delhi via Noida from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh.
Farm union leaders turned down the central government’s offer yesterday to form a committee to review and address the concerns. Citing the inefficacy of such grievance boards in the past, the campaigners however agreed to continue their dialogue with the ministry.
According to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the administration wanted to address a small group, but the farmers wanted to engage with everyone present. Along with Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State (Commerce and Industry) Som Praksh spoke to the representatives of 35 agricultural unions yesterday at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. A second meeting has been scheduled with the community for 3 December.
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