Several commuters who took the stretch complained that car traffic had stopped for more than 20 minutes on the highway around 11 a.m.

Several commuters who took the stretch complained that car traffic had stopped for more than 20 minutes on the highway around 11 a.m. (Dossier/Representation)

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s VVIP move caused huge traffic on the Western Express highway on Wednesday morning. Although traffic police issued an alert late Tuesday evening, several motorists who missed the advisory found themselves stuck in traffic. Vehicular traffic remained slow until the afternoon, police said.

At 11:16 p.m. Tuesday night, traffic police had tweeted: “Due to a pre-scheduled VVIP visit on August 3, traffic will likely be slow between Santacruz Airport, WEH and Malabar Hill 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Malabar Hill at Regal Circle from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Several commuters who took the stretch complained that car traffic had stopped for more than 20 minutes on the highway around 11 a.m. Some of them even took to Twitter to express their anger. Nikita, a commuter, tweeted: “My flight is 1:30 from the international airport. The airport is 15 minutes from my house. I was stuck in traffic for 1 hour due to vvip movement. What if I miss my flight???

The traffic police responded to her saying that they had alerted the local traffic police outpost, however, the woman exclaimed, “WHAT IF I MISS MY FLIGHT?????? I AM STILL STUCK IN TRAFFIC DUE TO YOUR VVIP MOVEMENT THE BAGGAGE COUNTER WILL CLOSED IN 20 MINUTES.

Meanwhile another commuter tweeted: ‘Why can’t they use a helicopter instead of inconveniencing the public or coming early in the morning when it’s not rush hour!’

Several others informed traffic police on Twitter that they were stuck on the highway on the southbound stretch near Jogeshwari and it took them more than 10 minutes to cover a kilometer. The cascading effect of a traffic jam of vehicles at Pedder Road in South Mumbai as well.

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First published on: 08/03/2022 at 14:47:30