The Hyderabad city police have issued a traffic advisory for commuters in the city, in view of the Golconda Bonalu Celebrations, as a large number of devotees are expected to attend the event from Hyderabad and its surrounding villages from 8 am to 10 pm on Thursday.
"Heavy traffic and congestion is expected at following three routes leading to Golconda Fort; Ramdevguda to Golconda Fort (via) Makkai Darwaza, Langar Houz to Golconda Fort (via) Fateh Darwaza; Seven Tombs, Golconda to Golconda Fort (via) Banjara Darwaza," the police said in a press release.
The police said that they had also made elaborate parking arrangments for those who were attending the celebrations.
Devotees coming from Ramdevguda have been asked to park their two-wheeler vehicles between Ashoorkhana and Military Sentry point, while four wheelers can park at Ashoorkhana Parking Place or on the main road at Ramdevguda Junction.
Those coming from Langar Houz were requested to park their two wheelers at HUDA Park, while four wheelers would be accomodated at Salar Football Ground or Owaisi Ground.
Those reaching Golconda fort from Seven Tombs were requested to park their two and three wheeler vehicles at Priyadarshini School, Area Hospital and the Bus stop near Golconda fort, whereas four wheelers were asked to park at Salar Football Ground or Owaisi Ground.
"The devotees are requested to park their vehicles at designated parking places only and maintain line system at parking places. Commuters are also requested to take alternative routes to reach their destinations to avoid traffic congestion and co-operate with traffic police," the police said.
Bonalu is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in many parts of Telangana worshipping Goddess Mahakali. It is usually celebrated between July and August each year. In Hyderabad, the celebration is held at the Golconda fort, and thousands of people attend the festivities from across the city and the state.