The police are faced with an uphill task in cleaning the mess left at the Singhu border by protesting ‘farmers‘ for more than a year. Even as the area has been vacated after the farm laws were repealed, the roads are yet to be opened for traffic.
The main reason for the border roads not being open to vehicular movement is that the police have undertaken the task of clearing the barricades and cleaning up the roads. JCB machines have been employed to remove the barricades while bricks, stones, and straw that were strewn on the roads are being gathered to be transported elsewhere.
A report by Dainik Jagran that a 50 feet concrete wall remains to be removed on the Singhu border. From the place where the Nihangs had camped and had tethered their horses to KMP flyover, totaling about seven kilometers had been occupied by the protestors.
Even after the protests have ended, the woes of the common citizens are far from over. Since roads haven’t opened, people are forced to walk up to Singhu and enter Delhi from where they travel to their destinations.
The area where the protestors had constructed temporary residences is also reported to be extremely filthy and wherever there had been barricading, the roads are in shambles.
Furthermore, besides the concrete wall, containers have to be moved, debris has to be cleared, and the highway road has to be repaired. The entire process is estimated to take about 36 to 48 hours.
The final batch of Kisan Majdoor Sangharsh Committee members left for Punjab on Monday afternoon. Cleaning work is going on at UP gate as well where temporary tents are being cleared. Concrete structures on the Delhi-Meerut expressway are also being cleared using JCB machines.
As protestors leave the protest sides, authorities are left to clean up the mess created by them.
The authorities have assured that the cleaning work would be completed at the earliest so that roads can be opened for vehicular traffic.