The upcoming Ganeshotsav, the beginning of the Mount Mary fair in Bandra and rain during the day resulted in traffic snarls across the city on Sunday. The traffic police said snarls were reported from Bandra, Dadar and Parel, but motorists from across the city complained of traffic jams.
According to the traffic police, the stretch of the Swami Vivekanand Road passing through Bandra saw snarls because of the Mount Mary festival, which is scheduled from Sunday till September 20.
The traffic police had set up several traffic and parking restrictions as well as diversions in the area. Traffic personnel were deployed in Bandra and neighbouring areas. Four-five lakh people are expected to attend the festival over the next seven days and traffic police said they had made elaborate arrangements to ensure that there were no snarls.
The movement of large Ganpati idols from Dadar-Parel area, from where the idols are picked up and then taken to their destinations in vehicles ranging from auto-rickshaws to trucks, further affected traffic in areas like the Hindmata junction, Lalbaug, Parel and Babasaheb Ambedkar Road in Sion.
Devotees, from small groups of 10-20 to processions of over 100, accompanying the vehicles further added to the chaos, traffic police officials said.
Besides, there were complaints of snarls on both the north- and south-bound stretch of the Western Express Highway between Borivali and Andheri. Several motorists also complained about snarls along the approach road to JJ flyover as well as in various locations between Chembur and Vashi.