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Rallies in Doon city throw traffic out of gear

| | Dehradun | in Dehradun

Following protest rallies taken out by various organisations, traffic was thrown out of gear on various roads across the city on Wednesday. The roads that bore the maximum brunt were Survey Chowk, Clock Tower, Darshan Lal Chowk, Gandhi Road, Tehsil, Doon Hospital, Araghar, MKP College Road, Court Road, Prince Chowk and Saharanpur Chowk. Things were grim on several roads with the vehicles remaining stuck for hours on end. 

Vehicles moved at a snail’s pace at many places. The ordeal that started in the morning continued till evening, landing the traffic police in a miserable plight.

At many of the important crossings across the city, vehicles were found stuck bumper to bumper, leaving the commuters in the lurch. At noon, the students faced problems while going back home after their school hours were over.

Among the worst affected areas were Rispana, Survey Chowk, Dilaram Chowk, Prince Chowk, Darshanlal Chowk, Hospital road, Court road, Gandhi Road and Clock Tower where traffic either crawled or got stuck.

Demanding Rohingya community to be given their human rights in India, a large number of the Muslim community people rallied to the Collectorate and submitted a memorandum addressed to the President through an administrative officer. They also demanded the Centre to pressure the Myanmar Government to give civil rights to minority Muslims there. Congress activists on the other hand led by former MLA Raj Kumar staged a rally and demonstrated at the social welfare department office, demanding release of scholarship funds for the students of the year 2016-17. They also demanded an impartial investigation into the alleged scholarship scam at DAV (PG) College. Besides, Uttarakhand ASHA Health Workers Union members also staged a rally on the same day, demanding their long-pending demands, including monthly salary, being addressed immediately.

Commuters were, as usual, at the receiving end of the rallies, sweating while remaining stranded on the roads on the sultry September day.   

Umesh Uniyal, resident of Rajpur Road, said that traffic movement from Dilarama Chowk to Court Road to Gandhi Road was irritatingly slow. “I reached office at Premnagar much later than usual,” he said.

Aman Semwal, resident of Patelnagar, vented the same anger, saying that  he had faced traffic snarls at Saharanpur, Prince Chowk and Tehsil Chowk. “The serious thing is that such rallies making the traffic to crawl is becoming a daily feature of the city life. Some steps should be taken to free the commuters from the recurring problems,” he said. 




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