Traffic movement in several parts of the city was thrown out of gear due to CPI(M) rallies on Sunday. Supporters of the party marched from different points including Chiria More, Taratala, Garia, Khiderpore and Behala causing inconvenience to commuters.
Vehicles remained stationary at various thoroughfares when the supporters of the party marched towards their destination. The rallies started from different points with a gap of few minutes. As a result, the traffic movement in the central business district was also affected.
Buses were found standing in a queue and people had to walk up to their destination. The traffic sergeants tried their level best to keep the vehicles moving at a slow pace. Many were found walking up to their nearest metro station to reach their destination on time.
Somnath Sinha, a resident of Behala, said the area remains congested throughout the day and the situation turned worst when any such rally is being organised here. “Everybody does not get their weekly leave from office on Sunday. I have to go office on Sundays and face inconvenience due to such rallies,” he said.
As it was last Sunday before Christmas, most of the residents went out for shopping. Surojit Mondal, a resident of Taratala, said: “I haven’t got time to take my children to market to buy clothes as I was out of station for my job. I returned last night and decided to take my children for shopping. But I didn’t know that there were rallies in the city, or else I would have changed my programme.”