Vrindavan, 2017.10.24 (VT): Devotees heading back to Delhi after the long weekend were faced with a five-kilomenter traffic jam on Sunday. The toll plaza remained nearly impassible from just after midnight on Saturday until Sunday evening.
The toll plaza was opened after 6PM and no toll was charged thereafter, however the situation still took about an hour to normalize. Travelers also had to fight through an ocean of cars at the petrol pumps, with many waiting an hour or more to fill up.
An estimated 80 thousand vehicles were caught up in the day-long traffic jam. The huge amount of traffic can be attributed to the long weekend, which encompassed the holidays of Dhanteras, Diwali, Govardhan Pooja and Bhaiya Dooj.
The government plans to widen NH-2, making it a six-lane highway, however the work is currently running behind schedule. Increased connectivity of Vrindavan to the Indian railway system has been proposed as a possible solution.
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