BANGALORE: Traffic on Mysore-Bangalore Highway was thrown out of gear as the long weekend holiday came to an end on Sunday. Bangaloreans returning after attending the Mysore Dasara celebrations were caught in traffic on the highway.
Chandra Gupta, SP of Ramanagaram, told Express that traffic moved slowly in the evening on the highway as many VIPs, politicians and people were returning from Mysore at the same time. Rain also worsened the traffic, and police officers were deployed to manage vehicular movement near Channapatna, Mandya, Bidadi and Ramanagaram.
Many took to social networking site Twitter to voice their complaints on the bumper-to-bumper traffic, comparing it to peak hour traffic in the city. “We faced traffic in Mandya and near Ramanagaram,” said Sameer Deshpande, a student.
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted: “Returning from Mysore to Bangalore unbelievable, city-like traffic. Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Mandya definitely need a by-pass or an elevated road.” The minister was not available for comment.
Kengeri police said traffic was heavy between 4 to 8 pm, and policemen deployed to clear the way managed to ease the problem for commuters.
Rain Lashes City, Temperature Down
Rains lashed most parts of the city on Sunday night immediately bringing the temperature down.
While no casualties were reported, there were power cuts in several parts of the city. Traffic on Mysore Road, which was moving slowly, was brought to a standstill for some time because of the rains.
Rainfall is expected to continue on Monday with the Met Department predicting isolated instances of thundershowers for the city. Temperatures will range between 31 Degrees Celsius to 20 Degrees Celsius, the daily bulletin said.