BENGALURU: Campaigning for the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike polls is only adding to the traffic chaos in the city.
On a Sunday, where traffic is relatively less, three ambulances had to slow down at Mudalpalya and Magadi Road where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC president
G Parameshwara and other Congress leaders were campaigning.
But this time round, police personnel swung into action and paved the way for the ambulances. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Jagadish G F told Express that police had to intervene to make way for the ambulances due to the crowd.
“Traffic police were deputed along the stretch. As soon as we heard the ambulances, we allowed them to pass,” he said.
After the August 9 incident where three ambulances were stuck, additional traffic personnel were deployed to ensure smooth movement of traffic.
The three ambulances were stuck in the traffic near Mekhri Circle as police then blocked the road to ensure the passage of the chief minister’s convoy.
Earlier in June, traffic was affected during the CM’s city rounds.
When contacted, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic)
M A Saleem said that additional traffic police personnel are being deployed wherever campaigning is being carried out.
“Since campaigning is mostly carried out in residential areas, traffic is not hindered in most cases,” he said.
With only a few days left for campaigning ahead of the BBMP polls on August 22, there are fears that the traffic problems would only worsen.