The national capital witnessed the relief of a road blockade to Ghaziabad via Ghazipur. Vehicular movement was restricted in this area since Republic day owing to the farmer’s agitation. The closures of the route led to traffic snarls in nearby roads as the public had to take alternative routes.
Relaxation of blockade
The road towards Ghaziabad from Delhi was unbarred on 3 March in the early hours. The only one-way road is relaxed stated, a senior police officer. The roadblock was observed a clash between the protesters and the police during the tractor parade held on 26 January. Protesters deviated from the designated route for the proposed tractor parade and barged into the Red Fort. A scathing battle unfolded vandalizing police vehicles, and ticket counter at Red fort and attacked cops.
Prime protesting sites
Ghazipur is one of the three key sites where farmers are protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws. Most of the protestors belong to Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. They have been protesting at the Delhi border for over three months demanding a repeal of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Despite the government’s ingemination; the farmers are obstinate with their protests.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The ongoing farmer’s agitation at the Centre has influenced interstate and local commuters profoundly. Despite reiterating conveyance, Delhi Police fails to supervise the nuisance. The traffic police of the national capital should mend ways and focus on mitigating traffic congestion rather than taking charge of the protestors. Regular consultation with the states must be taken in order by the Government. To make India successful, this method is also useful as well.
- India, known for its agricultural heritage yields the second most; has reached the world via the existing trading networks. The farmers protest to inherit this agricultural legacy and urge the government to comprehend and amend the laws. The Centre imposed the treaty to progress the country utilizing historical possessions. But it should consider the wellbeing of the farmers and not levy ordinances that coerce the agriculture sector puppets of the corporate industry.