Chennai’s citizens take to Twitter to complain about traffic disruptions

On the first death anniversary of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Chennai saw massive traffic jams, making it a hardship for motorists trying to access the roads.

Traffic disruptions were caused along arterial roads including Anna Salai, Kamarajar Salai, and other feeder roads to Marina beach due to the march observing the anniversary.

Some citizens took to Twitter to express their ire at the situation.

One commuter, Ponni, said it’s a day of “more banners and umpteen traffic.”

Around 1 lakh people gathered near Jayalalithaa’s memorial to observe the anniversary. Anand, another citizen, called it a “traffic nightmare.” 

As the crowd increased, traffic police stopped vehicle movement near Gandhi Statue and diverted it to Anna Salai through Radhakrishnan Salai. Venkatakrishnan, a motorist, warned others to “avoid roads today and tomorrow.”

Vehicles were also stopped near Napier Bridge and diverted to Anna Salai through Periyar Statue.

“Chennai comes to standstill,” said Suresh.

Another citizen warned people to “beware of traffic jam in arterial roads leading to Marina.”

Clad in black shirts and white dhotis, senior AIADMK leaders including Chief Minister Edappadi.K. Palaniswami walked to the memorial on Tuesday morning.

A total of 1,500 traffic police personnel have been deployed in the city.


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