G20 restrictions: Online food deliveries barred in New Delhi from Sept 8-10

Food delivery services will not be allowed to operate in the national capital from September 8-10 in view of the G20 Summit, the Delhi Police announced. However, there will be no lockdown in the city.
G20 restrictions: Online food deliveries barred in New Delhi from Sept 8-10
Kshitij Choudhary

Online food delivery services will not be available in Delhi during the G20 leaders' summit on September 8-10, as the Delhi Police will be enforcing elaborate security arrangements and traffic restrictions.

"Cloud kitchens and food deliveries, or any commercial deliveries like Amazon deliveries, will not be allowed as we have stopped commercial services in the NDMC area," Special Commissioner of Police SS Yadav said.

However, refuting the speculation of a lockdown in the city, the Delhi Police announced that there would be no lockdown during the G20 Summit.

"Dear Delhiites, don't panic at all! There is no lockdown. Just keep yourself updated with traffic information available on @dtpftraffic's Virtual Help Desk," the Delhi Police posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Elaborate traffic arrangements have also been announced in the city. The advisory by the Gurugram Traffic Police stated that vehicular entry into Delhi will be restricted from midnight on September 7 until midnight on September 10. The traffic restrictions will primarily affect the Dhaula Kuan route.

Police also advised companies in Gurugram to implement work-from-home policies on September 8.

The Delhi government has declared a public holiday in the national capital from September 8 to September 10. The government also directed owners of shops, businesses and commercial establishments in the city to provide paid holidays to their employees and workers on September 8, 9 and 10 in view of the summit.

Delhi will be on “high alert” during the summit. More than a lakh security personnel will be deployed across the city as Delhi hosts world leaders.

What will be closed in Delhi from 8-10 September

Government departments, offices, organisations, educational institutions

Private offices and educational institutions

Commercial banks, financial institutions, shops and business establishments within the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Police District

Additionally, no three-seater auto rickshaws and taxis will be allowed to enter or ply in New Delhi District from 5am on 9 September to 11.59 on 10 September. However, taxis carrying bonafide residents and tourists having valid bookings in hotels located inside New Delhi District will be allowed to ply on the road network inside New Delhi District.

Will metro stations be operational?

All metro stations will continue to operate during G20, but boarding and deboarding at the Supreme Court Metro Station will not be permitted from 5am on 9 September to 11pm on 10 September.

Will flights be affected during the G20 Summit?

A Hindustan Times report states that Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which operates IGI Airport, received requests from various airlines for cancellation of 80 departing and 80 arriving domestic flights during the three days of the G20 Summit. “Current news on cancellations of flight has no linkage to parking of aircraft. We have already provided the required parking. Decision on cancellations of flights have been taken by airlines possibly in light of traffic restrictions due to G20 summit. While we recognise that approximately 80 arrivals and 80 departures may be affected due to these cancellations, we are committed to working closely with airlines to minimise any inconvenience caused to passengers,” a statement from DIAL reads. The cancellations account for about 6% of the standard domestic operations at the airport. If you are flying to or from Delhi during the G20 Summit, it’s best to account for extra time at security and check-in counters, as well as for traffic on routes that lead to the airport.

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