The increase in private vehicles and road trips by the travelers across to Goa and Mumbai has lead to major traffic jam which was witnessed on 1st May 2015. According to the fresh news updates even today the traffic scenario is same; the reason could be the weekend travelers to Mumbai and Goa.
The trend of road trip is catching up in India with people prefer to go for medium and short distance trips in their own vehicles. The traffic scenario on Goa – Mumbai road is always tough due to the narrow roads and huge traffic on both sides. If you are planning your road trip this holiday especially to Mumbai then get ready to face the traffic jam. “Besides the long weekend, school children have also finished their exams. So there was an increased volume of traffic. One of the traffic bottlenecks was at Mangaon which is located on the Mumbai-Goa National Highway. The road, at that particular spot, is narrow, which results in the traffic slowing down,” said an officer attached with the Highway Police.
According to the news issued by the TNN the holiday rush has ended up as a huge traffic jam on Mumbai-Goa highway. A long snaking line of vehicles can be seen at the Pen and Mangaon sections of the highway, throwing a wet blanket on the happy holiday mood. The possible reason of this traffic jam is back to back holidays from 1st – 4th May being 1st May Labour Day and 4th May Buddha Purnima. The narrow road sections of the highway due to ongoing widening works are also adding to the traffic snarls. A Raigad traffic official said that they are trying to minimize the jams at various points. The situation is same on Mumbai – Poona expressway and Estern Express Highway
The traffic jam started at 7 am and continued till 2 pm in the direction of Pune and Goa. These were mostly private cars filled with families going for their short holiday. Bumper to bumper traffic jams started at Khalapur toll naka, and extended up to Dasturi in Khandala. Once again, irritated travellers were seen venting their frustration on the social networking website Twitter. Fortunately, no accidents were reported.