If you were out on the roads on Tuesday evening, driving home from your workplace, you must have encountered massive traffic jams at numerous locations in the city. And it was an average of 10.93 mm rain from 6 am to 7 pm that triggered the massive chaos. How bad it will get if the city receives heavy rains over the next few days as forecast by the weather department remains to be seen.
According to figures released by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Kotarpur area in the city received the maximum of 32.5 mm of rainfall. Next was Gota which got about 31.5 mm, Bodakdev was third at 19 mm, then Science City road and Chandkheda with 16.5 mm, Bopal with 16 mm, Usmanpura with 13 mm, Jodhpur of Satellite and
Ranip with 10.5 mm. The administration needs to wake up.
Meanwhile, due to the ongoing construction of over bridges on SG highway, massive traffic jams were seen at almost every junction on SG Highway. The situation was worse near the under-construction overbridge near Sola police station.
Traffic remained at a standstill here for more than an hour in the evening. The road from Shahibaug to Sola crossroads also witnessed major traffic snarls. Water-logging was seen near HK Arts College on Ashram Road too.
A commuter travelling from Shahibaug to Sola said there were massive traffic jams starting from Dadhichi Bridge traffic junction. In normal times, it takes about half an hour to reach Sola from Shahibaug, but commuters said that it took about 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach home on Tuesday evening.
“Vehicles got stuck in traffic jams at the starting of Chandlodia overbridge and the other end of Chandlodia overbridge. The situation at a bottleneck near the under-construction overbridge near Sola was worse. I got stuck here for more than 40 minutes before vehicles started moving at a snail’s pace. No traffic police was seen at the spot. At many spots, the road surface seemed to have washed off. Water-logging was seen on both sides of the road at various locations,” the commuter said.
Another commuter travelling from his factory in the eastern part of the city to his residence in Satellite said there was a 1-km long traffic jam near Ashok Mill in Naroda due to a cave-in. “I got stuck in the jam for nearly half an hour,” he said.
When asked, municipal authorities said they have no information about traffic jams in the city on Tuesday evening. They claimed “all was well” in the western parts of the city.
On the other hand, joint commissioner of police (traffic) Mayanksinh Chavda said slow movement of traffic due washing off of road surface on SG Highway and other places resulted in traffic jams. He said that the city traffic department had dispatched several teams to locations which witnessed traffic jams. “We also had mobile patrolling units in action to get the traffic moving. We are also in the process of recruiting traffic personnel to help with traffic control,” Chavda said.