The VIP movement in the city on Sunday left motorists stranded and furious for more than 20 minutes on the roads. As the official Mumbai Traffic Police Twitter account tweeted about the update on Sunday afternoon, there was no respite as people were upset with the situation.
On Tuesday, police tweeted: “Due to VIP movement between Malabar Hill and International Airport, Santacruz and Bandra BKC from 5-7pm, traffic will likely be slow during this time. Mumbaikars are advised to take an alternate route. “
As motorists were stranded on the Western Express Highway near the international airport, a convoy of VIP guests drove through the empty roads as common engines suffered. One of the motorists tweeted: ‘WEH stuck near airport due to VIP movement. No respect for a voter as their time is not valued at all.’
In a series of tweets, citizens took to Twitter and shared their anger over this treatment and inconvenience. One user tweeted, “@sanjayp_1 Sir, this common man annoyance needs to stop. Block lane 1, keep heavy escort, but don’t allow people to travel (also happened on Sunday last) is simply not acceptable.”
Meanwhile, another user said, “Also let them suffer traffic nuisance because no improvement or concern for improvement by the so-called state government. He is too busy siphoning off the money public for not cutting fuel taxes since Nov. 21! Play the blame game with Central and pocket the public’s money!”
While commenting on the general traffic problem in the city, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey said on Sunday that despite taking action against people driving vehicles in the wrong direction, people are still not respecting the rules. “The action against people driving vehicles in the wrong direction was started with the idea that they will follow the rules. But that has not happened. There is no fear of the law among people who honk their horns for no reason,” Pandey said, adding that he will have to sit down with traffic police and discuss the matter.
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Published on: Sunday 01 May 2022, 23:08 IST