Heavy traffic was witnessed at the two toll plazas on NH 65 on Saturday morning, with more than 100 vehicles stranded at Choutuppal. Vehicle owners complained that they waited for about 20 minutes to get past the booths at Choutuppal. “But it was resolved soon,” officials at the Panthangi toll plaza said.
Owing to a long weekend, which started on Saturday and continues till Independence Day on August 15, many people have been travelling from Hyderabad towards Vijayawada. Officials at both the toll plazas, however, said that more lanes will be opened during the peak time and staff requirement is adequately met. It was learnt that the usual five and five lanes towards Vijayawada and Hyderabad will be increased to seven.
The toll plazas which tax about 16,000 vehicles on an average day, see a rise in another 3,000 vehicles on occasions such as marriages, weekends, festivals and long weekends, sources said. In the event of unmanageable and heavy traffic-lanes, hand-held ticket machines available at the plazas will be used to divert lanes and ease the flow.
The police at Kethepally and Choutuppal said enough precautions were being taken to check the movement. “A bandobust vehicle will always be at the Korlhapahad toll plaza in Kethepally limits and arrangements to minimise delay in traffic movement is being attended,” Sub-Inspector of Police Rajniker said. Marriages and auspicious occasions on Saturday and Sunday was also a reason for the increased vehicular movement, particularly in mornings.