New Delhi, India – The 18th G20 Summit is set to take place in New Delhi from September 8th to 10th, with more than 25 world leaders and numerous delegates converging at Pragati Maidan for this prestigious event hosted in the newly-constructed Bharat Mandapam convention center. As the summit approaches, here’s what you need to know about what will be open, what will be closed, and how to navigate the city during this period.
Closures in Delhi:
All essential establishments, including schools, offices, restaurants, malls, and markets, are slated for closure in New Delhi during the G20 Summit from September 8th to 10th. Even the Supreme Court will observe a closure during this period. Access to the venue area will be strictly controlled, and individuals traveling to the designated zone for the Summit will be required to obtain passes. These measures will be enforced from September 7th to 10th.
Traffic restrictions will be in place during the summit. Heavy and light goods vehicles will face curbs, except for those carrying essential commodities such as milk, vegetables, fruits, and medical supplies, which will be allowed entry into Delhi. Traffic will have access to the Ring Road and routes leading to Delhi’s borders. Railways and the airport will remain open, but travelers should anticipate slight delays.
Metro and Bus Services:
Metro and bus services will remain operational during the G20 Summit, although there will be some restrictions, especially at stations near the Summit venue, such as the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Metro Station will not permit boarding or de-boarding from 5 am on September 9th until 11 pm on September 10th. Three-seater rickshaws (TSRs) and taxis will be permitted on roads outside the New Delhi District. Taxis heading to the New Delhi District must have proper passes or hotel booking details. Residents, authorized vehicles, and essential service providers have been advised to carry identification documents. Buses, particularly those operating on the Ring Road, will continue to run.
Traveling to Railway Stations:
Travelers heading to New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations will encounter some restrictions. It is advisable to plan ahead and start your journey early to avoid any delays. The Metro is recommended for travel between September 8th and 10th. Passengers traveling to New Delhi Railway Station from the Ajmeri Gate side will face restrictions from 1 am to 1 pm on September 10th. Those heading to the Old Delhi station should be aware of traffic disruptions on the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee side. Passengers traveling to Hazrat Nizamuddin station can utilize the special North-South and East-West corridors or opt for the Metro.
For airport travel, the Metro’s Airport Express Line (Orange Line) connecting New Delhi Station to Dwarka Sector 21 Station via IGI Airport T3 is recommended. Road traffic to IGI Airport will be affected from midnight on September 7th until 11.59 pm on September 10th. Passengers are advised to factor in extra time for security checks, check-in procedures, and potential traffic delays when heading to the airport.
Government Offices and Banks:
Commercial banks, financial institutions, shops, and business establishments within the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Police District will remain closed during the G20 Summit. Please check with your local bank or institution for specific closures and services in your area.
For additional information and updates on traffic and restrictions, consult the Delhi Traffic Police’s website.