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Massive Shutdown Alert: Delhi Prepares for G-20 Summit Chaos - Schools, Offices, and More Closed

Following a request from the Delhi Police, the Delhi Chief Secretary is being urged to declare a three-day public holiday for the upcoming G-20 Summit in New Delhi. This directive also includes the closure of commercial and business establishments within designated ‘controlled zones’. From September 8 to 10, the Delhi government will close schools, offices, and NDMC market areas in preparation for the summit. Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has given his approval, pending the green light from Delhi LG.

India Today highlighted that September 7 is already a gazetted holiday, while September 9 falls on a second Saturday, resulting in a school holiday solely on September 10. The decision is geared toward facilitating VIP movements and ensuring smooth route arrangements while causing minimal disruption for the general public. This closure extends to private offices, institutions, banks, and financial establishments within Delhi Police’s New Delhi district, in accordance with administration-marked boundaries.

Special Police Commissioner Madhup Tiwari recently corresponded with the chief secretary, recommending the proclamation of a public holiday from September 8-10. This proposal is accompanied by directives for the shutdown of commercial establishments, particularly concentrated in New Delhi, in anticipation of the G20 Summit.

The forthcoming G20 Summit will see the attendance of prominent figures such as US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and other global leaders in India. Biden’s presence is scheduled from September 7 to 10 for active participation in the summit, as conveyed by White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. The visit is set to include numerous significant bilateral meetings, although specific details have not yet been disclosed.