Sunday, August 30, 2009

St Mary’s Basilica Feast holds traffic hostage

St Mary’s Basilica Feast holds traffic hostage


Traffic held up near Cunningham Road due to the rush for St Mary's Basilica Feast, in Bangalore on Saturday.
Express News Service First Published : 30 Aug 2009 04:27:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 30 Aug 2009 08:58:56 AM IST
BANGALORE: The areas surrounding Shivajinagar were chock-a-block with vehicles on Saturday evening as hundreds of devotees gathered to celebrate the feast at the Saint Mary's Basilica Church in Russel Market.
The buses plying towards the Shivajinagar bus station were diverted to different regions, leaving commuters confused. Traffic was stuck for hours till late night. The feast will continue till September 8, but Saturday being the first day of celebration, the vehicular confusion was severe, said the police.
The traffic was affected on the connecting streets like Cunningham Road, Infantry Road, M G Road, Cubbon Road, Commercial Street.
The buses heading towards Halasuru, K R Puram and HAL were directed towards Cubbon Road. Buses on their way to Jayanagar, J P NAgar, Lal Bagh, Neelsandra, Madiwala and Electronic City were directed towards BRV Cubbon Road. Buses heading to Majestic, Vijaynagar, Kengeri, Rajajinagar, Yeshwanthpur, K R Market were directed to Balekundri Circle near ParsiTemple and buses bound for J C Nagar, Nagavara and Banaswadi were directed to Wockhardt Hospital on Cunningham Road.
These new routes will continue for a week till September 8, and parking arrangements have been made at BRV Parade ground, Hafeez School on Cockburn Road and BMTC bus stops.

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