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Traffic snarls hit Star Cinema in Ruwi


Huge traffic bottlenecks in between Wadi Kabir from Darsait area as the authorities have closed a left turn in between Star Cinema and Sheraton Hotel in Ruwi. Photo - A.R.Rajkumar/Times of Oman

Muscat: Commuters coming to Wadi Kabir from Darsait area are experiencing huge traffic bottlenecks as the authorities have closed a left turn in between Star Cinema and Sheraton Hotel in Ruwi.

Due to this, people are forced to take U turn from Sheraton Hotel signal which is not permissible. "This is creating a huge traffic jam in the area," said Rajesh Shukla, who resides in CBD area.

He also said that it took more than 45 minutes to reach from Darsait to CBD area on Tuesday – a distance he normally covers within 5 minutes. "This is really frustrating and causing a major hurdle for commuters," a commuter said.

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As part of the development project, the Muscat Municipality has started the construction of flyovers and interchanges from the Darsait flyover to the Wadi Kabir roundabout. A new flyover is being built near Stars Cinema which will be linked to the existing one near Hasan Ibn Thabit School.

Another flyover will come up at the intersection opposite the Sheraton hotel. Work on this has already started. This would considerably ease the traffic flow in the future and officials say more than half the work on the project is already over.

The construction project, which is more than 60 per cent complete, will provide with all necessary means of traffic safety, lighting and drainage system for surface water.

These projects have been initiated to ease traffic bottlenecks in Ruwi and adjacent areas.

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I would like to draw kind attention of the traffic authorities that from Darsait Roundabout till Sheraton Hotel, there is no exit between CBD and Muttrah (Al Washal). If a person wants to go from Al Washal to Standard Chartered Bank he has to go all the way round from Darsait till Sheraton, which will take atleast 1 to 1.5 hours for just 1 km road. The authorities should re-think to open the U-TURN in front of Standard Chartered Bank to ease the traffic congestion. It was almost solving the problem.