Residents living in colonies near MG Road have been facing a tough time as the area has become the most preferred destination for shoppers during festival season, triggering piling up of vehicles on the stretch.
Those living in Heritage City, Beverley Park, Essel Towers and other condominiums say the gates of their colonies always remain blocked by the traffic on the main road, which houses nine shopping malls. Motorists have to spend at least one hour to cross the entire stretch and no alternative arrangement has been put in place even for emergency vehicles.
There are nearly 1,000 flats in Essel Towers and residents fear traffic snarls can become a serious threat, if anyone needs to visit a hospital. “Accidents take place everyday. It is becoming impossible for us to move out of our houses,” said Hari Mahbubani, president of Essell Tower RWA. Residents say the authority has become oblivious about their problems.
The traffic police, however, said they have been taking all necessary measures to curb traffic jams across the city.
"Extra forces have been deployed. A total of 400 additional traffic police personnel can be seen managing traffic on the city roads now," said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic).