Traffic went out of gear on Thursday in several parts of city for the second consecutive day as droves of people, largely youngsters, but clearly from all age groups, from various parts of the city and districts headed to Marina Beach.
Even as the whole stretch of Kamarajar Salai was in the hands of agitators, bumper-to-bumper traffic was witnessed on the road, and even other lanes reading to Beach Road. However, the protesters created lanes for the vehicles, as they did Wednesday night. They helped with regulating traffic in addition to city police personnel. Thousands of two wheelers were parked on Dr. Besant Road. With most of the roads leading to the beach being clogged, people used the MRTS services and made their way to the scene of protest from Chepauk, Triplicane, Light House stations.
There were others who were there as spectators too, watching from the side lines. Long traffic snarls were also witnessed on Sardar Patel Road, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, R.K.Mutt Road, Peters Road and Whites Road. The traffic blocks in these roads cascaded to T.Nagar, Mandaveli, Adyar and Mylapore.
A traffic volunteer said, “For the second day, the traffic was not normal. Motorists faced hardships to cross some of the arterial roads, including Kamarajar Road and adjacent lanes. Many agitators came in buses and mini-buses to city to participate in massive protest.” D.Saravanan, advocate said, “It took nearly an hour to reach from High Court to Adyar in the evening. Vehicles were moving slowly on several areas.”
Anna Salai, General Patters Road, Triplicane High Road and Royapettah High Road were choked with vehicles in the evening rush hour while vehicles on Kamarajar road were diverted near Gandhi Statue and High Court.