Mangaluru: In order to facilitate concreting and road-widening work on the Padil-Pumpwell stretch of the highway, one-way movement of all traffic was to be introduced from March 6.
Since the notice was short, it was not strictly implemented. Now it will be in force effective Thursday, March 10.
Vehicles leaving the city towards B C Road will have to take to Nantur, Bikarnakatta and Padil via Maroli-Kaikamkba flyover. Those entering the city from B C Road direction will be allowed to take the Padil, Alape, Naguri, Capitanio route.
Since the Kadri-Nantur circle road is also being concreted, there is already a one-way movement of traffic. Heavy jams are likely at the Nantur circle all through the day since traffic from Udupi and Moodbidri directions also converge there.
Because vehicles plying between Thokkottu and Pumpwell are likely to take recourse to the Mahakalipadpu-Morgan’s Gate route, jams are likely at Yekkur, Mahakalipadpu railway level-crossing, Morgan’s Gate, Nandigudda and Kankanady.
More than the motorists and commuters, most of the brunt may be borned by the traffic police, who are already understaffed. One cannot but sympathize with them, who have to bear the heat not only of the atmosphere but also the erratic driving behaviour.