Traffic nightmare in Bangalore

Traffic crawled to a near halt on Queen’s Road for most part of Friday after Congress leaders, party workers and supporters congregated in large numbers at the KPCC office to decide the future chief minister of the State.

A senior traffic police officer told Deccan Herald that the crowd was almost unmanageable despite the massive police presence at the office. Hundreds of cars belonging to legislators, party leaders, their supporters and security units, were parked haphazardly along the road, leaving the stretch choking with vehicles.

A traffic bottleneck developed in and around Queen’s Road in the afternoon when the meeting at the KPCC headquarters was about to begin. Traffic jams were seen on Infantry Road, Cunningham Road, Indian Express Junction, Shivajinagar, MG Road, Anil Kumble Circle and areas surrounding Cantonment Railway Station.

After the Congress announced that Siddaramaiah had been chosen as the new chief minister, thousands of party workers launched into celebrations, leading to further traffic snarls in the area.

An uprooted tree at the Ashok Nagar Circle added to the woes of the traffic police and commuters. Police were forced to divert vehicles to D’Souza Circle and onto Richmond Circle between 10.30 am and noon on Friday.

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