Congress president’s rally chokes Jaipur traffic

Time & Us
Last Updated: August 12, 2018 at 11:42 pm

JAIPUR: Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the city kept police on their toes as they struggled to keep traffic flow normal during the high-profile visit.
At several places, the rush hour traffic was thrown out of gear, and the pandemonium lasted till Saturday evening.
The 11km route that Rahul Gandhi took for his roadshow from airport to Ramlila Maidan through Tonk Road was marked with supporters and security vehicles, he took about three hours to cover that distance.

The party supporters and workers in large numbers thronged JLN Marg and Jawahar Circle area near airport on Saturday afternoon in anticipation of meeting Rahul Gandhi, due to which the traffic on one the side of JLN Marg came to a grinding halt. The party’s women unit had also set-up a stage to welcome Gandhi near JLN Marg. The traffic had to be diverted from Malviya Nagar which created a haphazard situation.
The police and SPG officials kept supporters to stay behind the line to ensure that road remains clear for Gandhi’s cavalcade. However, as soon as Gandhi’s modified bus passed through the stage, the chaos followed with a huge crowd trailing the bus. The traffic came to a grinding halt as supporters spilled over the right lane of JLN Marg too, the chock-a-block remained till late afternoon.
The police had set-up barricades outside Albert Hall, preventing vehicles to head towards Ramlila Maidan near New Gate. Several cars, many of which belonging to the Congress workers took a left turn ahead from Jaipur Zoo when they found themselves stuck on an already chocked lane leading to MD Road.
The large stretch of on JLN Marg remained largely unaffected, and the traffic on Tonk Road also improved soon after Rahul Gandhi’s motorcade passed from there. The situation remained difficult for some hours on traffic signals at Teen Murti Circle, Naryan Singh Cricle, MI Road and Raja Park where long snarls were reported.

Ghat Gate area also saw jam for several hours, similarly, the traffic around New Gate, located just a stone throw’s away from Ramlila Maidan, witnessed vehicles getting stuck in snarls as the police had made security armaments and barricades for the venue.
The traffic on Jhori Bazar, MI Road, Bapu Bazar, Link Road, and Ajmer Gate moved with a snail’s pace. Several tourists and residents had to junk their weekend plans as they found it difficult to negotiate traffic arrangements, haphazard parking and snarls near Khajane Walo Ka Rasta.
Till late evening, traffic remained affected near JDA Circle, and rush traffic was diverted from small lanes of residential colonies.

From TOI web Desk