Four-hour rasta roko disrupts peak hour traffic

Jun 29, 2012, 06:51 IST | Nivedita Dargalkar

The arterial S V Road was blocked for nearly four hours near Bandra (West) yesterday morning, as nearly 600-odd mill workers staged a rasta roko in protest against the draw of lots for affordable homes at Rangsharda Auditorium.

Members of six mill workers’ unions were protesting against the inconsistency in the houses reserved for mill workers in the MHADA lottery, and the price of the tenements on offer. There are 6,948 homes reserved for mill workers, while the mill workers exceed 1.5 lakh. 

Travel at snail’s pace: Protesting mill workers at Bandra blocked the roads yesterday causing huge traffic snarls leaving commuters weary. Pics/Shadab Khan

An officer attached to Bandra police station, said, “Since the protest was held during the peak hours of 10 am till 2 pm, the rasta roko created a major traffic congestion. We had to mind the traffic to ensure that at least ambulances coming from nearby hospitals get a free passage.”

Mohammed Shaikh, broker
It was the last day to pay my child’s school fees. I set out from Bandra railway station at 10 am. To my rude shock, because of the rasta roko, there was a severe jam. Routes of buses were diverted and rickshaw drivers refused to ply, fearing getting caught in the traffic snarl. In the end, I had no choice but to walk down to the school 

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