Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Congress to cause huge traffic jam today

Jam-free roads for Cong show? Well...
The Times of India

Bangalore: If earlier political functions or rallies in Bangalore conjure up horrific experiences of traffic snarls, you can probably rest easy this time. For, Congress leaders have promised that their convention at the Bangalore Palace grounds on Wednesday, where KPCC’s new president Mallikarjun Kharge will take charge, will be free from all these hassles.

“There will be no traffic pile-up on any of the routes leading to Bangalore Palace. This, because workers have been asked to come directly to the venue,’’ KPCC president B. Janardhana Poojary, who has been overseeing the convention’s arrangements, told The Times of India on Tuesday.

According to KPCC general secretary Prakash K. Rathod, six entry points have been opened at the Palace. Workers coming from districts have been given instructions from which gate to enter.

The convention, which is a workers’ meeting where Poojary will hand over the baton to Kharge, is billed to be a show of strength and grandeur. Kharge will first garland Mahatma Gandhi’s statue on M.G. Road at 10.30 am; will drop by at Congress Bhavan before arriving at the convention to begin at 11 am.

The meet will adopt political and economic resolutions. CWC member and Karnataka in-charge A.K. Antony will be among the host of leaders present. Traffic arrangements: To make sure there’s no traffic pileup, police have made extensive parking arrangements for vehicles ferrying Congress party workers to the venue. Lorries, buses, Tempo travellers, Maxicabs and other vehicles will be allowed to park in the grounds. These vehicles should enter the ground from the Mango Mandi gate on Jayamahal Road, a note issued from the police commissioner’s office said.

Vehicles coming from Tumkur Road should take the Yeshwantpur Circle-Mehkri Circle route to reach Palace Grounds. Similarly, vehicles coming from Kolar and Hoskote have to take the K.R.Puram-Old Madras Road-Ulsoor Lake-St Johns Church Road-Jayamahal Road.

Party workers coming from Hosur Road have been asked to take the Silk Board Junction-Ring Road-Hebbal Flyover-Bellary Road-Mehkri Circle.

Traffic coming from Kanakapura Road and Bannerghatta Road should opt for the Ring Road-Silk Board junction, Hebbal Flyover and Mehkri Circle.

Vehicles coming from Mysore Road should take Outer Ring Road-Goragunte Palya-B.E.L. Circle-Hebbal Flyover-Mehkri Circle.


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