Mumbai: People travelling on Western Express Highway (WEH) on both sides suffered as there was a huge traffic snarl that remained for five hours. The south bound traffic was worst affected. This occurred during morning peak hours as a truck carrying metal angles overturned on the Vile Parle flyover. No injury was reported in this accident.
The traffic jam backed from Vile Parle to Samata Nagar to Kandivali to Dahisar. The traffic jam lasted for nearly five hours after seven traffic divisions including Vakola, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Sahar, Jogeshwari, Dindoshi, Malad and Kandivli worked together to clear the entire backlog.
Anaggh Desai, consultant tweeted his distress after he received an emergency call from his residence. “Left Lokhandwala at 8.20am for a seminar at Taj Santacruz. Reached Irla signal at 9.05am and chockoblock. Received emergency family call. Tried to turn, beg, threaten, sit quietly, managed to do so by 10.15 am. Reached home 11.40. Conclusion: No emergencies or Death in Bombay,” tweeted Desai. Though many commuters complained of traffic snarl on SV road since most of the motorists preferred using that route. One of the person on Twitter suggested, “Start odd even thing… Many people are travelling alone creating more traffic. People must be encouraged to do car pooling.”
The twitter handle of Mumbai police suggested commuters to ‘use the SV Road to avoid the traffic congestion on Western Express Highway.’ In a bid to ease the traffic, which backed up till Dahisar, the traffic officials made few diversions. The traffic remained affected for nearly five hours till the time Vakola traffic division brought a crane to remove the toppled truck on the flyover.