There was a slow movement of traffic especially near jewellery markets and railway stations on Dhanteras — the first day of Diwali.
People thronged to various jewellery stores in the city, since the day is considered auspicious to buy gold or silver.
Traffic snarls were reported in areas such as Zaveri Bazaar, Crawford market, Lalbaug and Bandra.
An officer from the traffic police, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media, said, “Since a portion of the under-construction flyover at Lalbaug collapsed on Tuesday evening, there were diversions on some routes, resulting in heavy traffic in the area.”
“However, we had deployed additional police personnel to ensure that there was no jam,” he added.
Traffic was also seen outside railway stations as many small jewellery shops are located in the vicinity.
A commuter from the northern suburb, requesting anonymity, said, “There are many jewellery shops near railway stations especially near Borivli, Goregaon and Malad stations.”
“The main road leading from outside the railway station as well as the arterial roads were jam-packed with pedestrians and vehicles who were vying for space,” the commuter added.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) N Choughale had earlier said, “We have provided more manpower to various traffic police divisions across the city to ensure that there are no traffic snarls.”