For the second day this week, chaos ruled the central parts of the city as a bus broke down in Balekundri Circle, choking Queens Road while a protest held up traffic near Town Hall.

A Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus broke down in the middle of Balekundri Circle on Tuesday afternoon, causing a pile up of vehicles on Queens Road. Inspector Manjunath of the Shivajinagar traffic police said that mechanics from the BMTC rushed to the spot. Traffic policemen, who were at hand, helped direct traffic, he added.

In another part of the city, traffic was held up on Tuesday noon by a protest march from the Town Hall to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Mayura Circle against the alleged corruption prevailing in the Karnataka Slum Development Board. The protestors demanded a judicial inquiry into the allotment of houses in Srinivasapura, Nagenahalli and Chikkabettahalli. They also demanded that the board immediately provide title deeds to all allotters in Ambedkar Nagar in Nayandahalli. Residents of the Ambedkar Nagar slum and several other slum dwellers participated.

Despite substantial police presence following Monday’s unruly protests, the march led to traffic snarls on K. G. Road, which led to vehicles piling up on J. C. Road and the Mysore Road flyover. Traffic moved slowly on Palace Road and Sheshadri Road as the march passed through these areas.

Around 100 activists of the Communist Party of India held a demonstration opposite the City Railway Station demanding an immediate rollback in the recent railway fare hike, leading to a traffic jam in the area.

Protest withdrawn

Various farmers’ organisations, which had launched an indefinite strike against the State government over non-payment of sugarcane dues and other issues, withdrew their protest following an assurance from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Kodihalli Chandrashekar, president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), told The Hindu that Mr. Siddaramaiah met the farmers’ representatives on Monday and promised to ensure that cane growers were paid their dues within a week. “Other issues were also discussed. The government has been amenable to sort out most of the issues. Hence, we have withdrawn the protest,” he said.

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