Saturday, May 31, 2008

Yeddy show halts traffic

Yeddy show halts traffic
DH News Service,Bangalore:
The Citys roads bore the impact of the swearing-in ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa as traffic snarl has a cascading effect in and around Vidhana Soudha and Raj Bhavan for nearly four hours

. Central Bangalore was like a sea of vehicles that were literally at a stand still. Traffic moved at snail’s pace on the outskirts right from early morning as vehicles, packed with BJP supporters, started hitting the roads. It was just a sea of vehicles on Bellary Road, P B Road, Mysore Road and Kolar Road.
The Palace Grounds at Vasantnagar was jampacked with hundreds of buses and mini-vans that were deployed to ferry lakhs of BJP workers and supporters as it was the meeting point. Public transport and private vehicles were stranded and the closure of the road from KR Circle to Police Thimmaiah Circle on both sides from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm had a cascading effect on adjacent roads.
Though there were parking facilities in Cubbon Park, the vehicles were parked haphazardly which led to further jams on the road. It was only late in the evening that the traffic situation eased up and the flow was back to normal , even in the outskirts of the city. As many as 2,500 were pressed into security service in and around Vidhana Soudha.

Law and order

No untoward incident was reported despite the swelling crowds. Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) said that the public were inconvenienced during the swearing-in because the attendees included many VVIPs and Chief Ministers with Z category security. “With an important ceremony taking place, barricades were put up in the vicinity of Vidhana Soudha. We had deployed additional policemen to cope up with the lakhs of supporters who were expected. Movement of traffic in the CBD (Central Business District) became slower than usual as people came on to the roads from Palace Grounds. We did, however, ensure that law and order was maintained and supporters did adhere to walking in a queue.”
BJP had hired around 200 KSRTC buses and more than 500 minivans to ferry party workers to the City from all parts of Karnataka.


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