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A LOG JAM: A huge tree fell on Kasturba Road on Wednesday. Although no one was injured, it caused traffic jam in the area.
A LOG JAM: A huge tree fell on Kasturba Road on Wednesday. Although no one was injured, it caused traffic jam in the area.

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: A large tree came crashing down on Kasturba Road here early on Wednesday, causing a gridlock in the Central parts of the city for nearly two hours.

The tree, which was dry and weak, blocked the road, leading to piling up of vehicles along the road. Thousands of motorists were caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic between 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. on this choked stretch leading to Queen’s Circle.

Traffic on Kempe Gowda Road, Richmond Road, St. Mark’s Road, Residency Road, Kengal Hanumanthaiya Road, Vittal Mallya Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road was affected.

Many people, especially motorists and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus commuters, could not reach their workplaces on time. Additional traffic policemen were deployed to clear the jam.

“There was so much chaos on Kasturba Road I reached my office late and I lost attendance,” Mathikere Diwakar, an employee of a construction company on Mahatma Gandhi Road, told The Hindu.

Personnel from the City Police, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Department of Horticulture cut the branches one by one and cleared the road. The public, especially youngsters who waiting for the bus, helped them haul the branches.

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