New Delhi: After two months of a logjam, part of Mahamaya flyover around the Shaheen Bagh area was opened for a brief period of time on Friday. If this is opened, the Faridabad traffic will be decongested. Protesters said that like this there are many other road blockades which have nothing to do with the Citizenship Law protest. Delhi Police and UP Police can withdraw those blockades without making any difference to the ongoing protest, which will mitigate the traffic bottleneck. According to reports, the protesters said they would show more such blockades on Friday. Also Read - Day 2 at Shaheen Bagh: ‘Your Concerns Have Reached Authorities,’ Mediators Tell Protesters
On Thursday, interlocutor Sanjay Hegde hinted at the development after he finished his second-day mediation with the protesters. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh: We Will be Attacked if we Leave This Place, Say Protesters; Interlocutors to Meet Them Again Today
“We are happy that Delhi Police has cooperated with us and accepted our suggestions. The usage of some roads may soon be restored, especially for commuters going towards Faridabad. We will continue to meet the protesters, hopefully in a more organised manner,” he had said. “We urged protesters to come up with creative solutions to the traffic situation while simultaneously protecting the rights to protest,” Sanjay Hegde said. Also Read - Shaheen Bagh Mediation: Will Protesters Agree to Shift to Another Site? Here Are The Possibilities
However, today is the last day of the mediation as the Supreme Court will hear the case on February 22.
On February 17, after the Shaheen Bagh protest crossed 60 days, a two-judge bench of the Apex Court comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph appointed Sanjay Hegde and Sadhana Ramachandran to talk to the protesters and urge them to move the protest somewhere else.
The protesters are not in favour of shifting the site of the protest for various reasons, including security. Also, the decision will affect other protests against the citizenship law going on in other states, it is feared. The protest is going on at a stretch on the GD Birla Marg. But commuters are facing trouble as several other blockades are at place.
UP Police has put a barricade on the Kalindi Kunj Bridge which leads to Kalindi Kunj Mithapur road, blocking connectivity to Noida. This could have been an alternative route to GD Birla Marg.
Khadar Kalindi Kunj, another alternative, is also blocked. Why are the alternative routes being opened, the protesters have been raising these questions.