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Farmers Protest: Delhi-Noida border key route closed

NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day on Wednesday, lead to the closure of a key route that connects Uttar Pradesh with New Delhi.

In view of the closure of the road, the traffic police of Delhi and Noida have advised commuters to take alternative routes. “Chilla border that links Delhi to UP through Noida has been closed. Those drivers who want to go to Noida can take U-turn from under the Ghazipur-Akshardham flyover and also through Sarai Kale Khan,” the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.

Its Noida counterpart also took to Twitter and stated, “The Chilla border has been closed due to the ongoing protest by farmers. Commuters can take alternative Kalindi Kunj or DND routes to go to their destination.”

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Hundreds of farmers affiliated to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and other groups had gathered at the UP border on Tuesday evening. Heavy security was deployed to prevent them from proceeding towards Delhi to join farmers of Punjab and Haryana in their protest.

The farmers at the Delhi-Noida border belong to various districts of western Uttar Pradesh and want to reach the national capital to join the bigger stir launched by farmers of Punjab and Haryana to protest the new farm laws
The farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre’s farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.

On Tuesday, the meeting between the agitating farmers’ leaders and the union government was concluded. The next round of talks is now scheduled to be held on 3 December.

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