Punjab-Haryana Border sealed ahead of Farmer’s ‘Delhi Chalo’ march on 13th February

Ahead of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march proposed by farmers on February 13 to accept their various demands, elaborate arrangements are being made to seal the Punjab-Haryana borders in Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad districts.

Preparations are underway to secure the Punjab-Haryana borders in Ambala, Jind, and Fatehabad districts ahead of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march scheduled by farmers for February 13 to advocate for their diverse demands.

Anticipating potential traffic disruptions on major routes from Haryana to Punjab, the Haryana Police issued a traffic advisory on Saturday, urging commuters to limit their travel on the main roads of the state to urgent situations on February 13.

In response to the upcoming march, the state government ordered the suspension of mobile internet services and bulk SMS in seven districts – Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa. Additionally, Haryana Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur, Inspector General of Police (Ambala Range) Siwas Kaviraj and Ambala Superintendent of Police Jashandeep Singh visited the Shambhu border near Ambala to assess the arrangements.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha jointly announced the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, comprising over 200 farmers’ unions, scheduled for February 13 to exert pressure on the Centre to fulfill various demands, notably the enactment of a law to ensure a minimum support price (MSP) for crops. In the traffic advisory, police suggested commuters traveling from Chandigarh to Delhi consider alternative routes via Derabassi, Barwala/Ramgarh, Saha, Shahbad, Kurukshetra, or through Panchkula, NH-344 Yamunanagar Indri/Pipli, Karnal.

After orders to seal the Punjab- Haryana border, state authorities barricaded in the district of Ambala, Haryana.

Likewise, individuals journeying from Delhi to Chandigarh have been advised to opt for alternative routes such as Karnal, Indri/Pipli, Yamunanagar, Panchkula, or Kurukshetra, Shahbad, Saha, Barwala, Ramgarh, as per police instructions. At the Shambhu border, the Ghaggar flyover’s road has been closed to traffic, fortified by cement barricades set up by the police.

Officials reported that the Ghaggar river bed underwent excavation to impede farmers from accessing the highway with their tractors. Those heading towards Ambala via the Shambhu border encountered significant traffic congestion, as highlighted in the advisory.

A plea has been made to the general public to limit travel to Punjab to essential situations only. The advisory outlines that senior police officials have been directed to implement measures to minimize inconvenience to civilians and ensure the maintenance of law and order.

Authorities have arranged for temporary adjustments to traffic routes in affected regions, particularly Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Fatehabad, and Sirsa. However, normal traffic flow is expected to continue on all other routes within the state, with the police urging citizens to avoid unnecessary outings during this period.

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