Kolkata is witnessing major traffic snarls on Friday due to VVIP movement in the city. Along with that, there is the Bengal Global Business Summit because of which there are several business delegations in the city. President Pranab Mukherjee is in town for several engagements and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is also in the city. Both the leaders are also attending bi-centennial celebrations at Presidency University. The English and the Indian cricket teams were stuck in traffic for at least 30 minutes while heading to the team hotel in Alipore from the airport.
Rapid Action Force personnel escorting the teams to the hotel were seen asking motorists and bikers to maintain a safe distance from the buses.
The police had a tough time keeping fans from getting to close to the team buses. The fans wasted no time to trying to click photos and selfies with the team buses.
Several important intersections and signals are being managed by traffic police personnel manually due to long jams.
Traffic on the road from Science City to Park Circus is particularly bad. The Bengal Global Business Summit is being held at the Milan Mela grounds and that is leading to a lot of traffic on the road that connects Park Circus to the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.