Traffic was reduced to standstill in the city for a large part of the day due to the Saint Rabidas procession. As a part of a conference commemorating the 640 birth anniversary of Saint Rabidas, a procession passed through the main streets of the city.
According to a senior police officer, the rally started from Picnic Garden around 1 p.m. before going to Rifle Range Road and then Darga Road and Moulali before going to Beadon Street and Bentinck Street.
The rally then took a turn to JL Nehru Road and then through Park Street and Mullik Bazar before returning to Pincic Garden.
Traffic was reduced to a standstill between 1.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and many persons were stranded on the roads as a result.
With the school hours coming to an end in several central and north Kolkata schools in the afternoon, the traffic condition worsened. Private taxi services charged higher prices to cope with the increased demand.