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Diwali shopping causes traffic snarls

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 25 � Commuters in Guwahati had a harrowing time for the second consecutive day today in and around major business hubs where vehicular traffic crawled at a snail�s pace for the better part of the day. Diwali shopping was the reason that these areas were infested with vehicles of all types, and only a handful of traffic police personnel were there to monitor and regulate their movement.

Close to Fancy Bazar, Maligaon, Paltan Bazar and Ganeshguri severe congestion was witnessed from morning till late evening. It was only occasionally that the traffic flow was observed to be normal.

One of the worst snarl-ups was witnessed in the stretch between Panbazar and Machkhowa where private and commercial vehicles were caught in massive snarls. �It took me almost thirty minutes to travel on my bike from Fancy Bazar to Latasil,� said Rahul Sarma, a resident of Nabagraha.

The situation was not much different in Ganeshguri, where callous drivers also contributed to the chaos on the roads. Illegal parking of vehicles at several places constrained the smooth movement of traffic on the busy GS Road. Although traffic policemen were on patrol, car owners still showed a blatant disregard to parking laws.

Illegal parking also affected traffic flow on the arterial Mani Ram Dewan Road. Car owners left vehicles at no-parking zones, close to which traffic policemen were present. Not surprisingly, they were not fined or penalised in any way whatsoever.

Amid the mayhem, pedestrians too suffered a lot as congestion on the roads created hurdles for those seeking to cross over them. �It was a terrible time I had when I tried to cross the GS Road near Lachit Nagar, said Pratima Das, a local resident. It was a long wait before the senior citizen could go over to the other side of the road.

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Diwali shopping causes traffic snarls

GUWAHATI, Oct 25 � Commuters in Guwahati had a harrowing time for the second consecutive day today in and around major business hubs where vehicular traffic crawled at a snail�s pace for the better part of the day. Diwali shopping was the reason that these areas were infested with vehicles of all types, and only a handful of traffic police personnel were there to monitor and regulate their movement.

Close to Fancy Bazar, Maligaon, Paltan Bazar and Ganeshguri severe congestion was witnessed from morning till late evening. It was only occasionally that the traffic flow was observed to be normal.

One of the worst snarl-ups was witnessed in the stretch between Panbazar and Machkhowa where private and commercial vehicles were caught in massive snarls. �It took me almost thirty minutes to travel on my bike from Fancy Bazar to Latasil,� said Rahul Sarma, a resident of Nabagraha.

The situation was not much different in Ganeshguri, where callous drivers also contributed to the chaos on the roads. Illegal parking of vehicles at several places constrained the smooth movement of traffic on the busy GS Road. Although traffic policemen were on patrol, car owners still showed a blatant disregard to parking laws.

Illegal parking also affected traffic flow on the arterial Mani Ram Dewan Road. Car owners left vehicles at no-parking zones, close to which traffic policemen were present. Not surprisingly, they were not fined or penalised in any way whatsoever.

Amid the mayhem, pedestrians too suffered a lot as congestion on the roads created hurdles for those seeking to cross over them. �It was a terrible time I had when I tried to cross the GS Road near Lachit Nagar, said Pratima Das, a local resident. It was a long wait before the senior citizen could go over to the other side of the road.