Saturday, September 26, 2009

Traffic at snail’s pace

Traffic at snail’s pace


A traffic gridlock at Mekhri Circle.
Express News Service First Published : 25 Sep 2009 04:30:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 25 Sep 2009 07:48:57 AM IST
BANGALORE: Traffic in the city was thrown out of gear on Thursday. The rains which started around 2 pm continued till 7 pm. The immediate impact was seen on the city roads with hundreds of thousands of vehicles stranded all over as the traffic moved at snail’s pace. Added to this, the poor drainage system pushed water onto the roads. The water level on some roads was so high that fire personnel had come to rescue commuters in three BMTC buses on the stretch between Anand Rao circle and Kino Theatre towards Malleshwaram.
Traffic in Majestic, Chikpet, Balepet, Cottonpet, Cantonment, Shivajinagar, K R Market, J C Road, M G Road, K H Road, Bellary Road connecting Bengaluru International Airport was so slow that a few air passengers had to return home after being unable to reach the airport in time to catch their flight.
The most affected areas include Benaganahalli, Sheshadri Road, K R Circle, Cubbon Road and K R Puram.
Meanwhile, the Chaamarajpet Merchants Association voluntarily blocked Bazaar Street after 25 shops and 10 houses were marooned on that stretch. Meteorological department said the rain was an indication of the arrival of the North East Monsoon.

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