Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has made arrangements prior to Muharram holidays. The deployment is to plan and manage traffic on alternative routes during the processions on 9th Muharram ul Haram in the Capital.
According to the plan devised by SSP (traffic) Farrukh Rasheed, following instructions laid out by IGP Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar, a total of 458 policemen including one SP, two DSPs, and 15 Inspectors, would perform duties to divert traffic on alternative routes. While SSP Farrukh Rasheed himself will supervise the entire plan.
ITP FM Radio 92.4 would be broadcasting throughout the processions to inform people about the latest situation of the roads.
The main mourning procession will start from Imam Bargah Asna-e-Ashri G-6/2 and will culminate at the same locations after following the traditional routes used in the previous years.
Fazle Haq road and roads from polyclinic to Kalsoom plaza will remain closed. 7th avenue from F-6 Chowk to Soharwardi road, Fazle Haq road from China Chowk to Kalsum Plaza will also be closed for general traffic.
The road from Iqbal Hall to Melody Chowk, Municipal Road from Markazi Jamia Masjid to Poly Clinic Chowk, Luqman e Hakeem Road from Poly Clinic to Lal Kurti while G-6 service road from G-6/2 Chowk to Lal Quarter Chowk will remain close for general traffic from 8 am to onward (till the end of the procession). 8 pm.
Traffic will be diverted alternate routes. The citizens may use one way of 7th Avenue for Kulsoom Plaza to Chand Tara Chowk and Jinnah Avenue from Kulsoom Plaza to China Chowk. The other roads including 7th Avenue, Aabpara, Sehrwardy Road, Shaheed Milat road may be used as alternate routes.
Another procession is will start from Imam Bargah Musa Kazim in sector I-10/1. The various roads including I-10 Markaz, CDA Chowk #1, Katarina Bridge, IJP Road (Pirwdhai and Faizabad area) will remain close for traffic while citizens are asked to use IJP road if they want to go to I-10 (Sabzi Mandi) from Faizabad, Murree road, Bhara Kau or Khana Bridge. The residents of sectors I-8, I-9 would use external IJP, Pirwadhai road.
SSP Farrukh Rasheed has appealed to the citizens to use the alternative routes and to cooperate with police officials throughout the timings of the processions.