New Delhi, Aug 17: Atal Bihari Vajpayee‘s funeral will be held today at 4 PM at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in east Delhi. Several roads, especially in central Delhi, schools, including the private ones, and government offices will be closed for the public in view of the former Prime Minister’s last rites. 93-year-old Vajpayee passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday after a prolonged illness. Also Read - Increased Testing, Early Hospitalisation Can Curb COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR: Home Minister Shah
Some of the roads that will be closed from 8 AM today are Krishna Menon Marg, Sunehri Bagh Road, Tughlak Road, Akbar Road, Tees January Marg, Man Singh Road, Bhagwan Dass Road, Shahjahan Road and Sikandara Road. The traffic police said that DDU Marg, IP Marg, BSZ Marg (from Tilak Bridge to Delhi Gate), JLN Marg (from Rajghat to Delhi Gate) will also remain closed ahead of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral. Also Read - Home Ministry Declares 9 Khalistani Separatists Abroad as Terrorists Under UAPA Act
Since most of the roads in central Delhi will be closed, the commuters are advised to use Aurobindo Marg, Safdarjung Road, Mother Teresa Crescent, Park Street, Mandir Marg for their north to south Delhi travels. To travel between east and west Delhi, the commuters are advised to use Vikas Marg, Shahdara Bridge and Wazirabad Bridge to reach Ring Road, the traffic police said on Thursday. A seven-day national mourning has been declared by the Government of India. Also Read - Flood Situation in Assam, Bihar Worsens, Amit Shah Speaks to Chief Ministers, Centres Assures All Possible Help
The co-founder of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be will be laid to rest at 4 PM today. His mortal remains have already been brought to the Krishna Menon Marg-located residence.
“His mortal remains will be kept at his residence at Krishna Menon Marg till 8 AM for paying tributes. Around 9 AM, his mortal remains will be brought to BJP headquarters at 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg. His funeral procession will begin at 1 PM and the last rites will be performed at 4 PM at Smriti Sthal,” BJP President Amit Shah said.
The national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India and there will be no official entertainment during the period of state mourning.