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Tough time for public, police personnel

City under siege: AIADMK supporters arrived in the city from across the State, leading to traffic snarls at various places like Nandanam; (right) buses on their way to the event pile up at Kamarajar Salai on Sunday.

City under siege: AIADMK supporters arrived in the city from across the State, leading to traffic snarls at various places like Nandanam; (right) buses on their way to the event pile up at Kamarajar Salai on Sunday.  

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With hundreds of vehicles bringing in thousands of AIADMK cadre, traffic in several areas came to a standstill

S. Arun Kumar, a resident of Adyar, kept honking at a college bus ahead of him on Kamarajar Salai as the road was chock-a-block with college, private and government buses sporting AIADMK party flags on Sunday afternoon. The usual 15-minute drive to his office took him nearly an hour.

With thousands of party cadres and their families thronging the city to take part in the valedictory of the MGR Centenary celebrations, traffic on the Grand Southern Trunk Road came to a standstill.

Traffic snarls were reported right from Acharapakkamam, Melmaruvathur, Chengalpattu, Singaperumal Koil and Tambaram.

“Things went out of control as they reached Vandalur-Perungalathur; it became unmanageable,” said a traffic police official.

Roads such as Kamarajar Salai, Anna Salai, Sardar Patel Road and its adjoining stretches in T. Nagar, Nandanam, Guindy, and Adyar were also choked with traffic.

“It was a horrible scene on Kamarajar Salai. I could see buses parked on the Marina beach service road. Cadres were crossing the road in a haphazard manner. Some buses were also parked by the side of the road, blocking traffic. A few traffic constables were trying to regulate traffic in vain. It was utter chaos,” said Mr. Kumar, who works in a private company.

“Being a Sunday, I had planned to take my children to the beach, but we were stranded at home due to the traffic,” said M. Ashwin, a resident of T. Nagar.

Banners on pavements

The northern parts of the city were less congested and vehicle movement on the Poonamalee Road and beyond was free.

Party banners on pavements in several areas such as Anna Salai and Venkatanarayana Road were not removed and due to this, people were seen walking on the road.

“There were barricades placed from Chamiers Road till YMCA and on Anna Salai too and policemen were deployed to ensure cadre walked inside them. But things would have been easier if the pavements had been left free,” a policeman said.

“Cab drivers and autorickshaw drivers refused to go through Anna Salai and Kamarajar Salai as they were choked,” said A. Sangamitran, a resident of Adyar.

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