JD(S) rally jams Bangalore
JD(S) rally jams Bangalore
OVER FIVE HOURS OF FRUSTRATION AND STRESS AS CHILDREN, PASSENGERS & PATIENTS ARE STRANDED
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bangalore: North Bangalore came to a grinding halt on Monday. The Janata Dal (S) was to blame for the agony people had to endure for hours on end.
The party’s show of strength triggered off massive traffic jams in near Palace Grounds on Bellary Road. Commuters were stranded worrying about missing flights, officials about missing deadlines and schoolchildren about getting home even as their parents cursed politicians and their insensitivity.
Kayakalpa Samavesha — the JD(S) rally held to strengthen the party after H D Kumaraswamy took over as the party chief — in Palace Grounds also affected bus services, both in the city and on its fringes. The road beside Gayathri Vihar in Palace Grounds, that leads to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) in Devanahalli was choked, even as thousands of vehicles tried to enter the venue. Vehicles that started to crawl on this stretch by afternoon were soon locked in a jam. The vehicles were stranded for six hours and more, some desperate to reach the Bengaluru International airport and the city railway station. There was no respite for commuters as late as 8 pm.
The rally was scheduled to start around 12.30 pm but party supporters started thronging the venue from early morning itself, triggering the jam. Commuters from North Bangalore areas including R T Nagar, Ganganagar, Sanjaynagar, M S Ramaiah Layout, RMV Extension, Sadashivanagar, Hebbal and Yelahanka were stuck for long hours.
The Times of India received a flurry of calls from enraged parents of schoolchildren trapped in the gridlock. Many students returning home from college chose to walk home, rather than get stuck in crawling buses.
Kumaraswamy’s show of strength may be forgotten as time goes by; it’s another matter if he’ll be forgiven for the inconvenience he caused this manic Monday.
One political party’s “show of strength” paralysed traffic in many areas of North Bangalore on Monday, frustrating thousands, among whom were schoolchildren, office-goers, tourists and patients in ambulances. This isn’t the first time that Bangaloreans, already harried by chock-a-block traffic, have faced such a nightmare. Precisely why, way back in July 2005, the Karnataka High Court had directed the government to provide land outside the city for holding rallies and protests. Processions, it had ruled, should not pass through main thoroughfares. But who listens to the woes of commuters? Who stands accountable for the anxiety of parents waiting for their children or patients held up? An apology by the political party will not do. It should declare openly that this will be its last rally in the city. Other parties must follow suit. The message is urgent, loud and clear: spare the citizen this hardship.