Jaipur: As expected, the protocol arrangements for VIPs attending Congress party’s ‘Chintan Shivir’ kept the city’s arterial roads at ransom and a curfew-like situation prevailed on Friday.
Owing to road blocks and barricades, commuters — being stuck in jam — suffered while reaching their destinations. Meanwhile, commercial units on these roads remained almost closed and no business activities seen.
Badly hit among these were JLN Marg, Bhawani Singh Road, Sahkar Marg and Prithviraj Road where VIPs movement started from morning. All the link roads to these arterial roads were blocked with barricades several times that created traffic jams and troubled the commuters.
When the cavalcade of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi passed through JLN Marg aound 1.30 pm, all the linking roads leading to road were blocked. For almost an hour, commuters waited for clearance to go on their ways.
The road stretch that leads from Ambekar Circle to Statue Circle was completely blocked for the common traffic movement and only the pass holders for the event were allowed. Therefore, people who reside in and around these colonies had to use short cuts to reach their residences.