For the second consecutive day after the city was unlocked and some restrictions were relaxed on Tuesday, heavy congestion and traffic snarls were observed on all the entry-exit points of the city on Wednesday. The most hit locations in the city were the Western Express Highway (WEH), Eastern Express Highway (EEH) and the Vashi Toll Naka.
A senior traffic police official said that amid new notification from the state government in connection to the relaxation for shops among other things, many motorists had stepped out, leading to a major traffic snarl.
The Anand Nagar Toll Naka near Mulund saw heavy congestion, which resulted in bumper-to-bumper traffic. A similar scenario was noticed at various Nakabandi points along the WEH and EEH, where police were checking the AADHAAR cards for verification of the motorists and ensuring that they belong to either essential category or the ones allowed by the state government to open business.
Dahisar Check Naka, however, saw major congestion of up to 65 minutes, where queues of vehicles were observed. Most traffic snarls were observed on the southbound arms of the WEH and EEH, wherein people from Thane, Mulund area were travelling towards Mumbai for work or otherwise.
On Wednesday, Garfield Soares, a Twitter user shared on the platform, "@mumbaitraffic @MumbaiPolice @CPMumbaiPolice What is the reason for naka bandi at #Dahisarchecknaka everyday creating unnecessary traffic jams? It is taking 3 hours to cover 09 kms!!! What a waste of public time and money!!!"
Another Twitter user said, "@mumbaitraffic Crazy jam right from Mira Road till Borivali stuck near Mira Road Delta for the past 1 hour. It’s crazy is this lockdown and nakabandi new means to trouble the already suffering people. Is this on purpose what good is this serving."
Taking a satirical take on the traffic, Ashish Solanki, posted on Twitter, "Ridiculous jam on WEH. Seems like pandemic is over for mumbaikars. #traffic #mumbai #lockdown"