Traffic major concern as city gears up for Modi rally

Traffic police are worried that the sheer number of buses might lead to congestion.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Published:December 20, 2013 2:22 am

Nearly 2,000 buses are expected to ferry people to the venue of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Sunday.

Traffic police are worried that the sheer number of buses might lead to congestion at BKC and roads leading up to it.

The issue was discussed in a meeting between the BJP’s transport wing,Mumbai traffic police,BKC police station personnel and the Gujarat police Thursday.

BJP spokesperson (Mumbai) Vivekanand Gupta said the discussion centered around crowd management. Sources added that the BJP had chartered over 20 trains to bring party workers from across the state. Around 800 buses have been hired to ferry people to the venue from three railway stations — Bandra,Kurla and either Mumbai Central or CST,while around 1,200 more are expected to be pressed into service to bring workers from across the state.

Areas earmarked for parking of the vehicles are Bandra Reclamation,plots in BKC and areas close

to the Diamond Bourse in the complex.

“Traffic jams might go all the way to the suburbs,” said an officer.

Meanwhile,BJP vice president (Mumbai unit)

Dinanath Tiwari said representatives of the Consulate of Australia,Japan,Russia and Rwanda had shown willingness to attend the rally.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com

zeeshan.shaikh@expressindia.com

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