Commuters in Hyderabad are facing significant inconvenience due to frequent VIP movements during busy hours. Two-wheeler riders are particularly affected by the scorching heat during traffic jams. Commuters are forced to wait for more than 15 minutes on the roads due to traffic congestion caused by VIPs’ departure. Some have even reported health issues like sunstroke due to prolonged exposure to the heat. The main stretches around Lakdikapool, Punjagutta, Somajiguda, Masab Tank, Begumpet, Banjara Hills, and Jubilee Hills face severe gridlock during daily VIP movements.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s regular visit to the Secretariat from Begumpet via Somajiguda and Khairatabad has caused massive traffic disruptions. The main concern arises from KCR’s afternoon arrival at the Secretariat, coinciding with the intense summer heat. Commuters express their frustration at the lack of awareness about these movements on busy roads and demand that the traffic police introduce an alert system to notify them in advance.
The recent visit of BSP Chief Mayawati to Hyderabad further exacerbated the troubles for commuters. It took 30 minutes to clear the traffic between Begumpet and Banjara Hills road, while traffic police struggled to manage the vehicular flow. Commuters emphasize that VIPs should consider the difficulties faced by people on the busy roads before venturing out. A robust alert system is also needed to ensure smooth traffic movement without disruptions during the afternoon, especially during the summer season.