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Traffic blues hit commuters

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 15 � Unprecedented traffic congestions created excruciating conditions for puja goers and other commuters on Astami day, and reports suggested that it would not be much different on Maha Navami day tomorrow. Serious traffic snarls were witnessed on all the arterial routes this evening, which continued for several hours.

�I was travelling from Navagraha to Bharalumukh, and it took me 45 minutes on my bike,� said Purnendu Das, who added that he would not dare to make such a trip during the puja days.

Similar feelings were echoed by Varsha, a young professional who lost precious time commuting on the Maligaon area. �It was utter chaos, and the journey that normally took 15 minutes took close to an hour,� she remarked.

The popularity of some pujas was apparently the reason behind vehicles moving on some routes. Near about all the grand puja venues, there were no parking space left and wrong parking of vehicles further constricted the flow of traffic.

Near Barowari, even though police personnel were present, movement of vehicle was lethargic, making it a harrowing experience for commuters. Bharalumukh also witnessed chaotic conditions near the intersection of AT Road and MG Road. Two well hyped pujas drew crowds from different parts of the city, creating difficult driving conditions.

The area around the Ganeshguri flyover was another site where traffic delays added to commuter woes. �I was in the bus which took one and half hour to reach Wireless from Chandmari�had never experienced such a journey before,� said a young journalist.

Sources in the police acknowledged the problem, and said there were too many cars on the city roads during the puja evenings, and a good number of drivers were flouting traffic rules. Wrong parking in several sites has further compounded the problem, according to the police.

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Traffic blues hit commuters

GUWAHATI, Oct 15 � Unprecedented traffic congestions created excruciating conditions for puja goers and other commuters on Astami day, and reports suggested that it would not be much different on Maha Navami day tomorrow. Serious traffic snarls were witnessed on all the arterial routes this evening, which continued for several hours.

�I was travelling from Navagraha to Bharalumukh, and it took me 45 minutes on my bike,� said Purnendu Das, who added that he would not dare to make such a trip during the puja days.

Similar feelings were echoed by Varsha, a young professional who lost precious time commuting on the Maligaon area. �It was utter chaos, and the journey that normally took 15 minutes took close to an hour,� she remarked.

The popularity of some pujas was apparently the reason behind vehicles moving on some routes. Near about all the grand puja venues, there were no parking space left and wrong parking of vehicles further constricted the flow of traffic.

Near Barowari, even though police personnel were present, movement of vehicle was lethargic, making it a harrowing experience for commuters. Bharalumukh also witnessed chaotic conditions near the intersection of AT Road and MG Road. Two well hyped pujas drew crowds from different parts of the city, creating difficult driving conditions.

The area around the Ganeshguri flyover was another site where traffic delays added to commuter woes. �I was in the bus which took one and half hour to reach Wireless from Chandmari�had never experienced such a journey before,� said a young journalist.

Sources in the police acknowledged the problem, and said there were too many cars on the city roads during the puja evenings, and a good number of drivers were flouting traffic rules. Wrong parking in several sites has further compounded the problem, according to the police.