Mumbai anticipates traffic disruptions on Republic Day 2024 due to a Maratha quota protest march led by activist Manoj Jarange and his supporters. The Mumbai Police is yet to release an official advisory detailing the potential chaos that may unfold in the city on January 26.

March Details

Manoj Jarange initiated the march from Jalna district on January 20, advocating for Maratha quota inclusion under the OBC category for jobs and education. Thousands of supporters joined the march, creating a significant movement seeking government attention.

Security Measures

On January 25, heavy security measures were implemented at Mumbai-Pune Expressway entry and exit points in Lonavala. The Rapid Action Force and bomb disposal squad were stationed, ensuring precautionary measures for the ongoing protest march.

March Route and Advisory

  • Maratha quota activists are expected to enter Mumbai via the Eastern Freeway in Wadala.
  • The destination includes Azad Maidan in south Mumbai for an indefinite hunger strike, and Shivaji Park in Dadar is identified as another protest venue.
  • Mumbai Traffic Police’s prior notification restricts heavy vehicles during peak hours, allowing movement only from midnight to 7 am.
  • Heavy vehicles are barred from entering or traveling on the Eastern Freeway.
  • Specific time slots are designated for heavy vehicles to maintain smooth traffic flow, ensuring minimal disruptions.
  • Exceptions are made for emergency vehicles and those involved in essential services.

Traffic Restrictions

  • No heavy vehicles allowed in south Mumbai from 8 am to 11:30 am (southbound) and 5 pm to 9 pm (northbound).
  • Heavy vehicles are restricted in south Mumbai from 7 am to midnight, with permissible travel between midnight and 7 am.
  • Between 11:30 am and 5 pm, designated routes include Mallet Bunder junction, Dadar TT Junction, Tilak Road, Ram Mandir Chowk, Western Express Highway till Mahim Junction, and Senapati Bapat Marg up to Matunga Road railway station.


As Mumbai prepares for the Maratha quota protest march, stringent traffic restrictions are implemented to mitigate disruptions. The ongoing movement reflects the community’s determination to voice concerns and seek government resolution on the Maratha quota issue.

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