The traffic police had imposed restrictions on the movement of vehicles on Monday to ensure driving on the city’s roads would be a smooth experience despite busloads of people heading to Shivaji Park.
Motorists, however, found themselves caught in crawling traffic on roads leading to Shivaji Park for more than an hour.
With more than 10 lakh devotees expected to gather at Chaityabhoomi, Ranade Road in Dadar was completely closed, while SVS Marg and Dnyaneshwar and Kataria roads were partially closed, police said.
“I was stuck for over 30 minutes at one spot at Mahim Causeway,” said Mallika Subramaniam, student of a college in Dadar. The traffic police claimed there were no jams.
“Vehicular traffic was completely under control on Monday at Shivaji Park and Chaityabhoomi as there were alternate routes provided and the traffic personnel on duty made sure that the motorists did not face any problem in reaching their destination,” police sub-inspector Alok Sawant, who is posted in the traffic control room, said.
Sudanshu Mishra, 35, a businessman who had a tough time travelling from Bandra to Dadar, complained about a lack of planning.