Chennai: Ambulance stuck during President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit; injured taken to hospital on stretcher | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: A guest worker from Bihar, who was injured in an accident at a construction site in Tidel Park, was carried on a stretcher by paramedic and motorists to the VHS hospital a kilometre away as the ambulance could not manoeuvre through the vehicles piled up along Rajiv Gandhi Salai, owing to the President’s visit. The service roads were also blocked with vehicles.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to the city to unveil the life-size portrait of former chief minister M Karunanidhi at the Secretariat led to a traffic pile-up on most arterial roads and interior roads as city police halted vehicular movement on Sardar Patel Road for security reasons.
The guest worker had suffered grievous injuries on his hand.
Earlier this year, a woman in Kanpur died on her way to the hospital after being stuck in traffic during President Kovind’s visit.
On Monday, traffic enforcement police blocked vehicle movement on Kotturpuram High Road and on Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR) and several vehicles proceeding from South Chennai towards the city were detoured. On Anna Salai, the pile up extended up to three kilometers from Nandanam traffic signal.
Several road users took to social media to complain about being stuck in traffic for hours. Prashant Kumar, an IT employee, said, “I got trapped in the traffic near Thiruvanmiyur for about an hour.”
Motorists were furious to learn that the traffic was halted when the President left Raj Bhavan and blocked until he returned. Police, however, played down the difficulties faced by the general public and said that they were following protocol.
Additional commissioner of police Pradip Kumar said, “Due to threat perception to the President, we had closed some arterial roads for VVIP movements. The traffic congestion was normalised after one and-half-an-hour.”


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