Bharat Bandh on February 16: Latest Updates and Travel Guidelines to Follow

Bharat Bandh on February 16: Latest Updates and Travel Guidelines to Follow

On February 16, India is preparing for nationwide protests as workers and farmers announce a strike at the Grameen Bharat Bandh. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, representing farmers in the non-political leadership, appealed for unity among farmers’ organizations to participate in the day-long protest, which was organized by 6 am to 4 pm.

If reports are to be believed, the protests will feature massive chakka jams, or roadblocks, on arteries across the country, with a focus on Punjab, where it is expected that many state and national highways will be closed for four hours.

A joint statement signed by 34 public intellectuals and artists showed support for it is work, calling on people from different backgrounds to support farmers and workers. The statement emphasizes the importance of this “critical action” and calls for broad support.

Despite the disruption caused by the Bharat Bandh, it is expected that emergency services such as bus services, pharmacies and schools will continue to operate, with minimal impact on essential services.

The strike and Bharat Bandh represent the collective efforts of workers and farmers to express their pressing issues and demand action from the government. Benefiting from widespread support and participation, this event aims to draw attention to the challenges faced by marginalized groups and push for meaningful change.

Travel advice: Traffic jams and restrictions

To guarantee your safety and comfort, we advise you to plan your trip carefully and keep the following tips in mind:

Alternative routes: Due to heightened security measures at border checkpoints, significant traffic congestion is expected at locations such as Ghazipur, Gurugram, and Singhu borders. The Delhi Police has been diligently sharing daily updates regarding safe and faster routes on their social media platforms.

What to avoid: Keeping the current situation, it’s best to avoid making travel plans for the states of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

Flexible schedule: If possible, adjust your travel schedule to avoid peak traffic hours. Consider starting your journey earlier or later to minimise the impact of congestion.

Public transportation: Consider utilising public transportation options such as metro services or buses, which may offer a more efficient and hassle-free commute during this time.

Emergency services: Despite the traffic congestion, emergency services such as ambulance operations will remain operational. Ensure that you have access to emergency contact numbers and medical assistance if needed.

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