As the long weekend approaches, the traffic capital, Bengaluru witnessed a massive jam. Long queues of vehicles caused problems for people for hours. Along with the long weekend, the farmer groups-led Bengaluru bandh also was a major cause of this immense gridlock. The traffic suddenly increased between 5 pm and 8 pm on Wednesday, as people were leaving the city because of the long weekend, that commenced on 28th September.
The gazetted holiday of Eid Milad-Un Nabi will be observed on the 28th. Due to demonstrators’ demands for a bandh in Karnataka over the Cauvery water conflict, the city will be closed on September 29 and then on Saturday and Sunday. A national holiday is observed on October 2, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. In a statement, the Joint Commissioner of Traffic Police Bengaluru claimed that Wednesday evening’s traffic on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and other regions was unprecedented.
The traffic police agency claims that several causes contributed to the city’s traffic congestion in several areas. On Wednesday, there were two times as much traffic as usual. On Wednesdays, there are often 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh vehicles. But as of 7:30 p.m. on September 27, there were a staggering 3.5 lakh vehicles on the road. Additionally, heavy rains had flooded interior roadways, creating significant traffic congestion around the city.
Amid all this mayhem, a touching incident of two Domino’s delivery boys bringing lunch to a group of commuters while they were stranded in their cars emerged. In the midst of the traffic, the delivery staff followed the customer’s real-time location to deliver the food. Rishivaths, an X user, posted a video of two Domino’s agents parking their two-wheeler just in front of his car on a congested road, approaching it, and handing off two boxes of food.