KARACHI: With the deployment of over 13,000 law enforcers, a large part of Karachi is set to turn into a high-security zone ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Matches from March 9 to 17, including the final encounter, are part of the country’s biggest cricket event and feature international players from different parts of the world.
As millions of cricket fans will be glued to their television screens, more than 30,000 enthusiasts who have bought tickets to be part of the live action at the National Stadium are set to have their patience tested to reach their destination.
Following is a brief guide for fans headed to the National Stadium on the day of the match, compiled on the basis of information shared by officials reviewing security, parking, traffic and transportation arrangements.
Traffic plan for the day
Roads surrounding the stadium will be closed for traffic at 11am. No one is allowed to approach the stadium directly. All spectators must first approach the car parking areas. Sharea Faisal and Shahrah-i-Quaideen will remain open to traffic throughout the day.
While the matches would be under way, roads leading to Hassan Square and New Town and the Dalmia Road will be closed to traffic. Roads leading to the Aga Khan University Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital on Stadium Road will, however, remain open during the match.
According to the traffic plan announced by police authorities, they have parking areas dotted around the stadium. Fans need to carry their tickets with them to show at checkpoints in order to get to the parking areas.
Designated car parking areas:
• Kashmir Road parking area
• Mangal Bazaar parking area
• Hakeem Said playground parking area
• Federal Urdu University parking area
• Stadium Road parking area near Dalmia.
Published in Dawn, March 8th, 2019