Bengaluru grapples with severe traffic issues as schoolchildren return late and tech professionals remain stuck for hours.

On September 27, Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road (ORR) experienced a significant traffic jam that left commuters frustrated as they were trapped in slow-moving traffic for hours. The situation was so dire that some schoolchildren didn’t reach home until nightfall, even though they had left school in the afternoon, as reported on the microblogging platform X (Twitter).

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One Bengaluru resident expressed discontent with the traffic police’s explanation for the traffic jam, attributing the chaos to the city’s insufficient public transport, inadequate urban planning, and deteriorating road conditions. Ritesh Banglani criticized the authorities, saying, “My children returned from school at 9 pm, and these guys are blaming the citizens.” He was referring to Joint Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru Traffic) MN Anucheth’s statement in which he provided five reasons for the jam.

Several parents confirmed that the extensive traffic jam on ORR resulted in unprecedented delays for schoolchildren returning home.

Screenshots shared on X revealed that a particular school bus dropped off children at 8 pm on September 27, while another screenshot showed a parent expressing concern about their child stuck in traffic, with a timestamp of 9.07 pm.

Considering that ORR is Bengaluru’s technology corridor, tech professionals were likely the hardest hit by the traffic jam. Recognizing the exceptional congestion, the traffic police issued an advisory requesting IT companies to postpone their employees’ logout time.

Those caught in the traffic gridlock turned to social media to express their frustration, with many reporting that their vehicles had moved only a few inches over the course of three to four hours.

The Bengaluru Traffic Police offered five reasons for the traffic jam, citing an increase in the number of vehicles following a bandh (strike), an approaching long weekend, waterlogged roads due to rain, road potholes, and vehicle breakdowns as contributing factors.

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