Sudden evening rain causes traffic gridlock in City

Sudden evening rain causes traffic gridlock in City

Heavy rains lashed the City for over an hour on Wednesday night, causing waterlogging and traffic jams in many areas.

Vehicular movement was slow on MG Road, Residency Road, Cubbon Road and Richmond Road in the central business district. Motorists had a tough time moving on the waterlogged roads.

Trees came crashing down on a house and electricity poles were uprooted at Maruti Seva Nagar and at ITC factory. Branches of trees fell down, blocking vehicular movement on a few stretches near Siddapura police station. The Forest department staff rushed to the spot, cleared the branches and facilitated traffic.

Traffic was adversely affected in Shivajinagar, Peenya, Yeshwantpur, Mysore Road, Majestic area, Sanjaynagar and Malleswaram due to waterlogging. Vehicles crawled in and around Majestic area for more than three hours from 8 pm due to heavy rush of passengers.

Thousands of them thronged the bus stand and City railway station due to the holidays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, police said.

The movement of additional buses plied by private operators led to jams at Shantala junction, Okalipuram, Anand Rao Circle, Platform Road, K R Road, Mysore Bank Circle. The police deployed additional personnel to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The traffic movement was back to normalcy by 11 pm, said the police.

It was similar situation on Hebbal Road, while two non-fatal accidents were reported near Sumanahalli junction.

The City received rainfall of 11.4 mm, HAL airport 2 mm and Kempegowda International Airport 24.2 mm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD has forecast rainfall for the whole of the coming week.

The IMD has also forecast rainfall on Independence Day, with a dip in temperature. This is because of the prevailing trough over the east coast.

Under its influence, till August 18, there will be moderate rainfall and from August 18 to 21, there will be moderate to heavy rainfall, said IMD-Bangalore director B Puttanna.
He said that presently there is a break in monsoon condition. This means that regions which normally do not receive rainfall during South West monsoon will now receive showers.

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