Delhi, India

Delhi declares Public Holidays for G20 Summit

2023 India

Private and government offices in Delhi will remain closed between September 8th to 10th 2023, while banks, markets, and commercial establishments within the New Delhi district will also remain shut during this three-day period. This was first proposed by the Delhi Police and was approved by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal due to the upcoming G20 Summit scheduled to take place in the capital city.

The proposal has been sent to Lt Governor VK Saxena for final approval, after which a public notification will be issued by the Delhi government, according to a high-ranking city official.

All business enterprises, including banks and financial institutions operating within the jurisdiction of the New Delhi police district, will be closed from September 8 to 10. This action follows a recommendation by Special Police Commissioner Madhup Tiwari, who communicated his suggestion to declare public holidays during this period and urged for the closure of commercial establishments, particularly in the New Delhi area, in light of the summit.

For security reasons, the temporary closure of specific metro stations, such as the Supreme Court and the Central Secretariat, is being considered. Police sources have also indicated that non-essential heavy vehicles might be restricted from entering the city between September 8 and 10.

India is hosting the G20 Summit, with the main event set to occur in New Delhi on September 9-10. The summit is expected to see participation from 29 heads of state, along with high-ranking officials from the European Union, invited guest countries, and 14 international organizations.