DAINIK NATION BUREAU
A sea of humanity descending in the city on way to the Parade Ground to witness the swearing- in of the new government, huge traffic jams were seen on the city roads on Saturday. Though police had drafted a traffic plan to spare the commuters inconvenience on the roads it seemed to have come to no avail with vehicles remaining stuck in serpentine snarls for hours. With police blocking many important roads since the morning in the name of ensuring security for the VVIPs arriving here in their hordes, the arrival of thousands of BJP activists and supporters in buses coming from all the districts further compounded the scene on the roads.
The ordeal continued for hours even much after the swearing –in ended. Police had installed barricades at several places around Parade Ground and diverted the routes of the vehicles. Hugetraffic jams ensued along the routes the fleets of VVIPs passed, inconveniencing the commuters. Commuters had to wait long, stuck as they were in the traffic jams at many crossings. Vehicles moved at a snail’s pace at many places. The ordeal that started in the morning continued till evening, landing the traffic police in a miserable plight.
At many of the important crossings across the city, vehicles were found stuck bumper to bumper, leaving the commuters in the lurch. Among the worst affected areas were Rispana, Survey Chowk, Dilaram Chowk, Mussoorie diversion, and Clock Tower, Prince Chowk, Araghar, EC Road, Court road, Saharanpur Chowk, Haridwar Road and other places where traffic either crawled or got stuck. Sameer Bisht, whose car was found stuck in a traffic jam on EC Road said that he along with others expected the new government to do something to spare the commuters hassles on the roads due to high-profile political programmes.