Traffic jam in Bengaluru is common almost every day. Also, VIP movements add to the woes of commuters who get stuck in the snarl-ups. Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the silicon city caused a similar problem on Tuesday. Commuters had to wait for several hours causing a huge traffic jam. They even argued with the Traffic Police amid restrictions.
Traffic curbs for Amit Shah’s visit
City traffic was a picture of chaos on Tuesday as police placed curbs to facilitate the movement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Hundreds of bikes and autorickshaws crawl in the jam for hours, turning the commute into hell.
Amid traffic restrictions imposed, displeased commuters slammed the Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) and the state government for causing inconvenience.
Commuters on Race Course Road who had to proceed to alternate routes were seen honking in anger and arguing with the traffic police on Tuesday. “What do we have to do with his (Amit Shah) visit? Will he help us out if we lose our jobs?” they said.
Amith Sha: ರೇಸ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ್ ರಸ್ತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಹನ ಸವಾರರು, ಪೊಲೀಸರ ವಾಗ್ವಾದ | Tv9 Kannada#AmithSha #CentralMinister #HomeMinister #StateTour pic.twitter.com/HGtehvOJnT
— TV9 Kannada (@tv9kannada) May 3, 2022
Since Shah enjoys ‘Z+ security’, his convoy included the Black Cat commandos. More than 35 security vehicles, including two ambulances, escorted the minister.
Another commuter took to Twitter to hit out at the traffic police and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai for blocking road access to Cubbon Park and Kanteerava Stadium due to Amit Shah’s visit. “Why is an entire city made to suffer coz of one person?” Sharan tweeted.
Police have blocked road access to Cubbon Park, Kanteerava Stadiun coz Amit Shah is in Bengaluru.
Why is an entire city made to suffer coz of one person @BlrCityPolice @CMofKarnataka ??? pic.twitter.com/DYXU7hxbtf
— Sharan Poovanna (@sharanpoovanna) May 3, 2022
The Home Minister on Tuesday reached Bengaluru for his day-long visit to Karnataka which is set to go to the polls early next year. He was welcomed by CM Bommai, Lok Sabha MP Tejasvi Surya, and BJP National Secretary CT Ravi among others at the HAL airport. His visit comes amid rumors over possible changes in the leadership, and pressure to expand the cabinet.