RAWALPINDI: The City Traffic Police (CTP) have chalked out a plan with deployment of 367 personnel for the convenience of citizens and cricket fans during the T20 matches between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from April 16 to 21.

A spokesman for the traffic police said special arrangements had been made to keep the traffic flowing on alternative routes during the matches and movements of the teams.

He said following instructions of Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Taimoor Khan, the police chalked out a traffic plan.

He said more than 367 officers and wardens will perform special duty during the matches. The traffic staff included seven deputy superintendents of police/circle in-charges, 40 inspectors, 318 wardens and traffic assistants.

Official says special arrangements in place to keep traffic flowing on alternative routes

Additional personnel have been deployed by making special arrangements to keep traffic flowing on alternate routes.

Parking places

For the convenience of cricket fans, parking facilities have been provided at three places — Civil Aviation ground Shaheen Chowk, Shehbaz Sharif Park near Shaheen Chowk and Government Degree College Satellite Town.

Murree Road will be completely closed from Faizabad to Double Road during the arrival and return of the cricket teams at the stadium and traffic coming from Islamabad will be diverted to the expressway from Faizabad.

The outgoing traffic will be able to enter Islamabad by using 6th Road, Saidpur Road while traffic coming from Ghousia Chowk will be diverted to Farooq Azam Road, Kuri Road.

Meanwhile, traffic coming from 9th Avenue will enter Rawalpindi through Faizabad and the expressway and through Pandora Chungi, Katarian, Carriage Factory, Prodhai Mor and Chak Madad. Traffic from Rawalpindi to Double Road and 9th Avenue Islamabad will use Murree Road to enter the capital.

The CTO said awareness banners regarding alternative routes and parking spaces will be displayed on main roads for the convenience of citizens.

The official social media pages of traffic police and radio station 88.6 will also provide moment-to-moment information about the diversion points and traffic situation.

The security of the teams and uninterrupted flow of traffic in the city is subject to cooperation from the citizens more than the security agencies and the traffic police, said the CTO.

Published in Dawn, April 16th, 2024

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