The barricades were put on all roads leading towards Rajpath and police personnel were posted in large numbers to regulate vehicular movement.

Heavy traffic jams were witnessed on arterial roads on which vehicles were diverted. The commuters had to wait for more than 15 minutes to cross a 500 meters stretch on Sikander road.

"I was caught unaware in the traffic. I had to wait for around 20 minutes near Mandi House metro station due to traffic jams,” said Amrit Kumar, a commuter.

During the rehearsals, the parade started around 9.50 am from Vijay Chowk and ended at Red Fort.

Traffic was not allowed from Vijay Chowk to India Gate on Rajpath from 5 am to 12:30 pm. While no cross traffic was allowed on Rajpath from Rafi Marg, Janpath and Man Singh Road from 9:30 am. The traffic was also stopped on Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Subhash Marg from 10 am.

(Agencies)

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