Several Routes On UP-Delhi Border Closed Amidst Intensifying Farmer Protests
The Ghazipur border connecting Ghaziabad with Delhi has been blocked, while traffic on the DND is moving very slowly after the Noida-Akshardham road was shut down
Amidst the swelling farmer protests at the Delhi border, the central government spoke to 35 representatives of agricultural unions at the Vigyan Bhawan yesterday. As the community waits to hear the final output of the dialogue, various areas have been closed and security has been beefed up. 45 units of the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) were activated yesterday for additional deployment at the tense locations. While Singhu borders remains the biggest spot of agitation, the mob is also intensifying at the Ghazipur border. Apart from this, the Jharoda, Jhatikra and Tikri borders will remain shut due to the current situation. On the Delhi-Haryana boundary, Dhansa, Daurala, Kapasheda , Rajokri, Palam Vihar and Dundahera are accessible for commuters.
Farmers from different states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat are now coming forward with their support for the movement. Cultivators from Bangalore are in fact contemplating traveling to Delhi to join their fellow workers.
For those heading towards Delhi from Noida, the Akshardham road is not operational for now, while the DND flyover has traffic moving extremely slowly. Heavy police barricades and passenger checking is underway on this route to check for the infiltration of the campaigners.
As members of the crop-growing sector refuse to accept the three new farm bills, the Narendra Modi government also seems adamant to not revoke the same. In the 3 December meeting, a 10- page document was submitted by the farm leaders with 17 disagreements on the APMC clause, eight grievances on the Essential Commodities Act and no consensus in the 12 points on Contract Farming section.
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