As if roadblocks for the closing ceremony were not enough, Connaught Place and roads leading to it will also remain out of bounds on Thursday morning due to the Commonwealth Games marathon. The roads, which will be cordoned off at midnight, will open after 10.30 am. Metro services in the area will also be affected.
The marathon will start at Rajpath and go via Janpath, Dr Rajendra Prasad Road, Red Cross Road, Parliament Street, CP Outer and Inner Circle, Minto Road and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. All roads leading to the route will be blocked from midnight on October 14. The traffic police will block all roads in the vicinity, including South Fountain, Rafi Marg, Janpath, Rajpath, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, Ashoka Road, Raisina Road, Tolstoy Marg, Outer and Inner Circle, Barakhamba Road, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Jehangir Road, Bhav Bhuti Marg, State Entry Road, Jai Singh Road, Imtiaz Khan Marg and Talkatora Road.
‘‘The roads will open after the event is over by about 10.30 am. People can use alternative routes if they are visiting places between north-south Delhi and eastwest Delhi and care has been taken to provide access to the railway station,’’ said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
For access to north-south Delhi, people can use Ranjeet Singh Marg, Tolstoy Marg, Janpath, Ashoka Road, C-Hexagon, Man Singh Road, Maulana Azad Road, K Kamraj Marg and Rajaji Marg. For east-west Delhi, Guru Nanak Chowk, JN Marg, Bhav Bhuti Marg and DBG Road can be used.
Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat Metro stations will remain closed from 5 am to 11 am. Those wishing to use the inter-change between Line 2 and Line 6 at Central Secretariat will be able to do so. But trains will not stop at Patel Chowk Metro station. Only four entry gates at A and B blocks of Rajeev Chowk Metro station will remain open. All the other gates will remain closed while the event is on. ‘‘Metro services will remain normal despite these restrictions. Those planning to use the Metro to reach JN Stadium for the closing ceremony will not face difficulty as the event is in the evening,’’ said a DMRC spokesperson.