Almost all the main roads in the city seemed choked on Friday as students and their parents made a beeline to the EAMCET examination centres right from the early hours.
The parking of vehicles on the main roads, as they were not allowed into the college premises, compounded the problem.
The examination for engineering stream was conducted in the morning session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for the agriculture and medicine stream from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Though the RTC had operated special buses from various parts of the city to the examination centres for the convenience of candidates, many parents preferred to drop their children on their motorcycles and cars.
Traffic jams were witnessed at Maddilapalem junction right from 8 a.m. B. Ravi Teja, who took his examination for the engineering stream at Visakha Valley School centre said that there was heavy traffic at Maddilapalem junction around 8 a.m. resulting in a traffic jam.
The narrow approach road to Visakha Valley School was full of cars and other vehicles. “While returning home, the traffic was held up at Satyam junction,” he said.
The parking of buses on the Main Road opposite Bullayya College had choked the roads all the more.
Distribution of pamphlets and publicity materials by colleges and educational institutes compounded the problem, said a motorist.
Rama Talkies – Maddilapalem and Rama Talkies – Satyam junction main roads were full of vehicles before and after the examination.
The roads were full of vehicles on Friday evening at the end of the afternoon session.
The EAMCET-2013 was conducted at 34 centres for engineering stream and 12 centres for the agriculture and medicine stream in Visakhapatnam region, according to Regional Coordinator K. Venkata Subbaiah.
“Of the 18,492 candidates who had applied for the engineering stream from the region, 17,582 had attended.
In the agriculture and medicine stream, of the 5,721 candidates who had applied, 5,436 had attended.
The pass percentage for engineering was 95.07 and for agriculture and medicine was 95.01”, Prof. Venkata Subbaiah said.