Traffic in the city is expected to be thrown out of gear on March 9 due to a rally organised jointly by youth wings of CPI(M) and Congress demanding permanent job for para-teachers.
Supporters of the party will gather at College Square and will start marching towards Rani Rashmoni Avenue from 1 pm.
The rally on the weekday will affect the movement of vehicles in the Central business district.
The supporters have plans to march through important thoroughfares. This will halt the vehicular traffic at SN Banerjee Road, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Chittaranjan Avneue and Lenin Sarani.
The situation will turn worse when the supporters reach Rani Rashmoni Avenue as traffic heading towards the South through Red Road may also get affected.
People will face inconvenience heading towards places which includes Esplanade, Central Avenue from Sealdah and Howrah Station.
A senior officer of the city police’s traffic department said it will get difficult to manage the traffic once the movement of vehicles gets affected at Dorina crossing. “We will try our level best to divert the North-bound vehicles through Mayo Road and South-bound vehicles through Red Road.
“It will be difficult to control the situation if the traffic halts for more than an hour,” said the officer adding that they had a discussion with their senior officers on steps that should be taken to minimise the inconvenience.
Manoj Sarkar, an employee of a courier company, said: “We always work against time. Our business gets affected if we are late in reaching a place. My colleagues in other states never get stuck in traffic due to rallies.
“I would like to request the police not to allow any organisation to hold rallies on a working day. Moreover, I feel that all these rallies are politically motivated and it will not help para-teachers.”