Hyderabad: With people starting to head to their native places in their personal vehicles for the Sankranti vacation, the city roads, especially major junctions, are witnessing bumper to bumper traffic.
With the Sankranti holidays starting from Saturday, junctions leading to the Warangal and Vijayawada highways were choked with vehicles since Friday evening. Travellers on four-wheelers had to struggle to cross the city as there was a heavy holiday crowd on the roads, especially in the night with the traffic density being double than that of regular days.
At Uppal Crossroads and LB Nagar crossroads, there was heavy traffic with vehicles lining up for more than a km in the evening while stretches in Kukatpally, Miyapur, Punjagutta Junction, Paradise, MGBS and other important roads also saw vehicles being stuck in the traffic for several minutes.
This was not only due to personal vehicles carrying commuters to their hometowns, but also because of several special buses are being operated to clear the festive rush from the city. This apart, the Outer Ring Road too witnessed increased traffic.
Heavy traffic was witnessed on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada Highway too, with traffic snarls reported from several areas in and around the city.
Toll plazas en route to Warangal, Nalgonda and Vijayawada witnessed vehicles making beeline and were seen waiting for long distances, particularly near the toll plaza in Choutuppal mandal in Yadadri-Bhongir district.
According to the authorities at these toll plazas, the flow of vehicles would further increase by midnight and it may further go up on Saturday early morning. Necessary arrangements have been made to clear the festive rush, officials said.