Traffic pileups dominated San Thome High Road on Sunday as hundreds of people headed to the Quibble Island Cemetery to pray for the departed as Christians marked All Souls Day on November 2.
The jam held up traffic as far as St Bede’s school in San Thome and since the cathedral in this area is a busy place as people attend the series of Holy Masses here, the traffic jams kept recurring.
Over time, motorists began to take to the inner streets of the area and gets way from the traffic jams.
Flower sellers had set up counters outside the cemetery which is close to the Sri Ayyappa Temple in R A Puram and since visitors to the cemetery chose to park cars and bikes on the main road, the traffic jams were frequent.
Some people said that city traffic police should have made better plans to address this religious event.
Large crowds were also seen on St Marys Road in Mandaveli where a Chennai Corporation cemetery is located.