Lucknow: Owing to the holy Kartik Poornima ritual bathing at Garhmukteshwar on the outskirts of Ghaziabad, the busy National Highway-24 will be out of bounds for all heavy vehicles, police said on Monday.

The traffic diversion was put in force on Sunday night. All heavy vehicles would be stopped at Hapur. Orders of the traffic blockade have been issued to Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Amroha, Saharnpur, Meerut, Sambhal and Bulandshahr police, senior police official informed reporters.

Thousands are likely to take the holy dip in the Ganga River on November 28, on the occasion of Kartik Poornima, said to be one of the holiest dates for bathing in the river. Thousands congregate at Garhmukteshwar to take the ritual bath every year.

Traffic police say the diversions and the blockade were necessary, to ensure smooth flow of people on the highway and to allow small vehicles to reach Garhmukteshwar. All heavy vehicles from Moradabad heading to Delhi would be routed from Kanth, Dhampur, Nagina and Bijnor, while vehicles from Moradabad to Meerut would be diverted to Atrasi road in Amroha.


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