Mumbai is an exciting travel destination for most people who visit India. Home to India’s biggest film industry, Bollywood, and also the financial capital of the country, Mumbai is one of the most famous cities in the world. Its skyline overlooking the Arabian Sea is alluring to say the least. Its colonial buildings take you back to the British era while its infectious pace of life brings you back to the reality of today’s busy times. There are several reasons to visit Mumbai. However, today is not the best day to be travelling around in the city. Today is BJP Foundation Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party has planned huge celebrations on this day at the MMRDA Grounds in Mumbai’s posh Bandra Kurla Complex. Party President Amit Shah will be addressing over 300,000 BJP members at the venue. As a result, traffic in the region is expected to be affected.
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Amit Shah arrived in Mumbai last evening and the city already faced the brutal brunt of slow traffic. This is because the party President was welcomed by a bike rally which caused major issues on the already busy Western Express Highway, one of the most prominent roads in Mumbai’s western suburbs. And today, it is going to be much bigger. The BJP has booked 28 trains and 50,000 private buses to arrange for people to reach the rally today. It is clear that the party is putting its best foot forward to celebrate this significant political day. These celebrations are expected to affect traffic in the city that never sleeps. The Mumbai Police has already issued advisories for today as follows:
“Traffic congestion is likely to occur on approach roads to Western Express Highway and Eastern Express Highway towards BKC. Commuters are advised to avoid Santa Cruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR), Surve Junction on LBS Road, Sion Junction, Dharavi T Junction, Hansbhugra Marg, CST Road, Nehru Road till Ambedkar Junction and Sharadadevi Road as far as possible.
Students appearing for exams and commuters going towards airports/railway stations may plan in advance and travel as per advisory.”
Here’s the Mumbai Police tweet:
So, try not to take the above-mentioned roads as much as possible. If you do, be prepared to spend hours on the road, which in this April heat, will not be a pleasant experience.
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