Merut: In view of increasing pressure from the Kanwariyas, the Delhi-Dehradun highway (NH-58) was made one-way. Light vehicles are withdrawn from Delhi on the Haridwar side, while Haridwar on the Delhi side has been reserved for Kanwariyas. Heavy goods vehicles have already been diverted to other routes. The one-way system on the highway was previously scheduled to be launched from midnight on July 20, but given the rapidly growing number of kanwariyas, it was implemented from Wednesday afternoon.
Meerut SP Traffic and Nodal Officer of Kanwar Yatra Jitendra Srivastava said the number of Kanwariyas is increasing rapidly. With this in mind, a one-way system has been put in place from Wednesday afternoon. Under this arrangement, kanwariyas will drive on NH-58 on the side from Haridwar to Meerut and light vehicles will drive on the other side of the road. To prevent vehicles from entering the line of kanwariyas, the illegal logging was closed by putting up barricades. The management of Sivaya Tollbooth has also reserved 6 lines from Haridwar to Delhi for Kanwariyas while the traffic goes through 6 lines from Delhi to Haridwar. The Deputy General Manager of Toll Plaza said that due to the huge traffic closure at the toll booth, the number of vehicles has decreased, while Kanwariyas vehicles have come out duty free. NH-58 connects three states NH-58 is the main highway in West UP connecting Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand. From Delhi via Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, this highway goes to Dehradun via Roorkee, Haridwar. With the implementation of a one-way system on this highway, the possibility of traffic jams in urban areas has increased. However, the administration says all preparations have been made to deal with the traffic jam.