BJP rally leaves North Bengaluru chock-a-block

Arterial and sub-arterial roads in northern Bengaluru saw bumper-to-bumper traffic on Sunday on account of the BJPs Parivarthana Rally at the Palace Grounds.

Local residents struggled to reach home or go to the downtown. Airport-bound travellers were also affected as vehicles piled up from the Windsor Manor junction until Hebbal. It took almost 40 minutes to travel a kilometre. Vehicles piled up on Ballari Road (international airport road) beyond the Hebbal flyover as thousands thronged the venue to listen to the prime ministers address. Hebbal, Mehkri Circle and JC Nagar were chock-a-block. Buses carrying BJP supporters were parked on Nandidurga Road and Jayamahal Main Road, worsening the traffic.

At least three ambulances were stuck near the Hebbal junction. An ambulance attached to Ramakrishna Hospital was stuck in traffic for some time. Police were on their toes to make way for an ambulance going from Baptist Hospital to a private hospital near Trinity Circle. Another ambulance belonging to Aster Hospital near Hebbal was sent back from Esteem Mall as police could not make way for it. In the morning, Mysuru Road witnessed a gridlock as BJP supporters from Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Mandya and Kodagu started entering the city.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra said around 1,200 police personnel, including three DCPs, 38 inspectors and 100 sub-inspectors, were deployed to regulate the vehicular movement. According to him, the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) gives permission for events at Palace Grounds. To avoid traffic jams inside the city, these events should be shifted to the outskirts, he added.

Modi ditches helipads

The PWD had built three helipads inside the Palace Grounds for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to land in a chopper from the HAL Airport. The Special Protection Group, however, changed the route at the last minute, saying the helipads arent flat.

Modi landed at the HAL Airport around 3.30 pm and took a helicopter to the Jakkur Aerodrome. He then reached the Palace Grounds by road. He took the same route to leave for the HAL Airport.

Arterial and sub-arterial roads in northern Bengaluru saw bumper-to-bumper traffic on Sunday on account of the BJP’s Parivarthana Rally at the Palace Grounds.

Local residents struggled to reach home or go to the downtown. Airport-bound travellers were also affected as vehicles piled up from the Windsor Manor junction until Hebbal. It took almost 40 minutes to travel a kilometre. Vehicles piled up on Ballari Road (international airport road) beyond the Hebbal flyover as thousands thronged the venue to listen to the prime minister’s address. Hebbal, Mehkri Circle and JC Nagar were chock-a-block. Buses carrying BJP supporters were parked on Nandidurga Road and Jayamahal Main Road, worsening the traffic.

At least three ambulances were stuck near the Hebbal junction. An ambulance attached to Ramakrishna Hospital was stuck in traffic for some time. Police were on their toes to make way for an ambulance going from Baptist Hospital to a private hospital near Trinity Circle. Another ambulance belonging to Aster Hospital near Hebbal was sent back from Esteem Mall as police could not make way for it. In the morning, Mysuru Road witnessed a gridlock as BJP supporters from Chamarajanagar, Mysuru, Mandya and Kodagu started entering the city.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra said around 1,200 police personnel, including three DCPs, 38 inspectors and 100 sub-inspectors, were deployed to regulate the vehicular movement. According to him, the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) gives permission for events at Palace Grounds. To avoid traffic jams inside the city, these events should be shifted to the outskirts, he added.

Modi ditches helipads

The PWD had built three helipads inside the Palace Grounds for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to land in a chopper from the HAL Airport. The Special Protection Group, however, changed the route at the last minute, saying the helipads aren’t flat.

Modi landed at the HAL Airport around 3.30 pm and took a helicopter to the Jakkur Aerodrome. He then reached the Palace Grounds by road. He took the same route to leave for the HAL Airport.

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