Traffic in the central business district was thrown out of gear due to a rally organised by Youth Congress on Thursday afternoon.
Hundreds of commuters had a harrowing time as vehicles had no space to move ahead when the rally marched towards Esplanade.
The rally of Youth Congress supporters and workers started from Raja Subodh Mullick Square and they marched up to Esplanade.
Vehicles came to standstill on important thoroughfares in the area due to the rally. Students returning from schools had a harrowing time as they had to remain seated inside their school buses for nearly an hour more as there was no space for the buses to move.
Vehicles were found standing in queues and it caused inconvenience to common people. Many were found walking towards the nearby Metro stations leaving the vehicles in which they were travelling and taking the Metro reach to their destinations. Despite trying their level best to keep vehicles moving, traffic sergeants found it difficult at one point of time.
The rally on a weekday caused inconvenience to many and it led to a chaos in the central business district.
A businessman, Manoj Sharma, who is a resident of Sinthi, said: "I had to reach near Hazra Crossing to meet a client. But I failed to meet him as I got delayed by an hour and he had left his shop as he had to go to airport to catch a flight."
He further said: "There is use of organising such rallies that cause inconvenience to common people. Today I needed the money urgently. Now I don't know from where I will arrange it." Manisha Ghosh, a homemaker, said: "My daughter got stuck while returning from school. These things happen very often."