The Tiruchy-Chennai National Highway faced severe traffic congestion as lakhs of people—who had left the city for the long weekend—returned on Monday morning.
It took a turn for the worse when private buses began to halt between Guduvanchery and Perungalathur to drop off passengers. The situation cleared up only after 11 am, claimed the police.
Meanwhile, commuters complained that the government should have anticipated the traffic snarl and taken measures to ensure smooth commute during the long weekend. Some also feel that new permanent bus terminal should be opened soon so that the traffic can be controlled better.
Raj Kumar, a commuter from Perungulathur, said, “My bus was scheduled to reach Perungalathur at 5 am but it reached around 9 am. Because of the delay, I had to miss work at the beginning of the week.”