Bengaluru faces massive traffic jam ahead of long weekend on September 27
The Silicon City of India, Bengaluru, experienced severe traffic jams on Wednesday evening for several hours.
Bengaluru: The Silicon City of India, Bengaluru, experienced severe traffic jams on Wednesday evening. Commuters were inconvenienced for several hours as they found themselves stuck in long lines of vehicles.
The traffic situation worsened between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. as many office-goers began their journey back home. This sudden increase in traffic flow added to the chaos on the city’s roads.
Several factors contributed to the unprecedented traffic congestion. Typically, Wednesdays in Bengaluru witness a vehicle count ranging from 1.5 to 2 lakh.
However, on September 27, the number of vehicles on the road reached a staggering 3.5 lakh by 7:30 pm, doubling the usual count. This surge was primarily due to people leaving the city for a long five-day weekend.
The weekend started with Eid Milad-Un Nabi, which was celebrated on Wednesday. On September 29, the city is set to observe a bandh as protestors demand action over the Cauvery water dispute.
The shutdown will be followed by Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, October 2, which marks Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, further encourages people to make travel plans.
The situation was made worse by heavy rains that led to waterlogging on several interior roads. These waterlogged areas became the epicentre of massive traffic jams, contributing to the overall congestion.
The Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police in Bengaluru acknowledged the unprecedented traffic situation, particularly on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and its surrounding areas. Traffic police are working tirelessly to ease the congestion and ensure the safety of commuters.