KARACHI: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Traffic Police, Karachi has announced the mourning procession routes and alternate traffic arrangements during Ashura days in the city.
According to a handout issued here on Saturday, on 8th of Muharram (November 2) at 1330 hours, a procession will start from Nishtar Park, via Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, M.A. Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, Again M.A. Jinnah Road (right turn Baba-e-Urdu Road, Crossing of Chand Bibi Road, Nishtar Road, Bara Imam, Altaf Hussain Road (old Napier Road) M.A. Jinnah Road, Boulton Market, Bombay Bazar, Nawab Mahabat Khanji road and will terminate at Hussainia Iranian Imambargah.
On 9th of Muharram (November 3) at 09:00 a.m. Alam procession will be taken out from Markazi Imambargah Liaquatabad. This procession will first go to Martin road Imambargah and thereafter it will come to Nishtar Park where Majlis will be held at about 1200 noon, the procession will be taken out from Nishtar Park pass from Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, M.A. Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street,Preedy Street, Again M.A. Jinnah Road Boulton Market, Bombay Bazar, Kharadar Nawab Mahabat Khanji road to Hussainia Iranian Imambargah.
On 10th of Muharram (November 4), a Majlis will be held at Nishtar Park from 0730 hours to 0900 hours after which a procession will start and proceed via route as per schedule of 9th Muharram’s procession.
As soon as the procession will start from Nightar Park all vehicular traffic coming from city side will be diverted to Soldier Bazaar Road from the junction of M.A. Jinnah road / Dr. Dawood Pota Road.
All kind of traffic coming from Nazimabad side will be diverted from Lasbella towards Nishter Road and Zoological Garden to reach their destinations.
All kind of traffic coming from Liaquatabad side will be diverted to Martin road towards Jail side. These vehicles shall however, be permitted to proceed up to Jail and shall then proceed via Jamshed Road, Dada Bhoy Noroji Road, Kashmir Road, Shahra-e-Quaideen, Shara-e-Faisal, Lucky Star, Sarwar Shaheed Road, Fawara Chowk, Shaheen Complex, I.I. Chundrigar Road, Tower.
All kind of traffic coming from Stadium Road side shall proceed via New M.A. Jinnah Road. These vehicles shall be diverted from Dada Bhoy Noroji Road towards Kashmir Road, Society Light Signal, Shara-e-Quaideen to Shara-e-Faisal.
All kind of traffic coming from Superhighway side shall be diverted from Liaquatabad No. 10 towards Chowragi No. 2, Nazimabad and shall proceed via Habib Bank Chowk, Estate Avenue Road, Sher Shah to Maripur Road. For return journey these vehicles shall adopt the same route.
All kind of traffic approaching from National Highway side shall proceed via Rashid Minhas Road, Stadium Road, Sir Shah Suleman Road, Hassan Square, Liaquatabad No. 10, Nazimabad Chowrangi No. 2, Habib Bank, Estate Avenue Road, Sher Shah, Maripur Road, for return journey, these vehicles shall also adopt the same route.
No traffic shall be permitted to proceed towards the route of the procession from Guru Mandir (Roundabout). These vehicles shall be diverted to Bahadur Yar Jang Road and again on to Khan Bahadur Naqi Muhammad Khan Road. Under no circumstances these vehicles shall be permitted to proceed along Soldier Bazar road from the junction of Khan Bahadur Naqi Muhammad Khan Road/Bahadur Yar Jan Road.
All kind of traffic coming towards Quaid-e-Azam Mazar via M.A. Jinnah Road will be diverted towards Bahadur Yar Jang Road. No vehicular traffic will be permitted to proceed towards Old Exhibition under any circumstances.
All vehicular traffic approaching Old Exhibition via Shahra-e-Quaideen (except those arriving for participating in the procession having stickers pasted on their wind screens issued) shall not be allowed to proceed from the roundabout of Society Office Roundabout behind Mazar.
All traffic going towards Saddar and other colonies will not be permitted to proceed towards Empress Market from the junction of Preedy Street/M.A. Jinnah Road, Court Road Chowk and Fresko Chowk when the head of the procession reaches near the crossing of M.A. Jinnah Road/Mansfield Street.
On 10th of Muharram all the vehicular traffic coming from Keamari side will be diverted towards Shereen Jinnah via Masan Road and similarly all the vehicular traffic coming from West Wharf and Mauripur side will not be allowed beyond ICI Chowk.
In the night of 9th/10th Muharram (November 3) Tazia procession will be carried out throughout the City.
The traffic arrangement will be as under:
All buses approaching Saddar from Jamshed Road side will not be permitted to come towards Mansfield Street after 2200 hours and these vehicles will be sent straight on to M.A. Jinnah Road.
Similarly, buses coming towards Saddar and want to go to residential colonies via Shahra-e-Liaquat, Empress Market will be diverted onto Muhammad Bin Qasim Road/M.A. Jinnah Road and all the vehicles want to go to Malir and Shahra-e-Faisal will be diverted onto Court Road, Moulana Wafai Road, A.H. Road, M.W. Road to Shahra-e-Faisal.
All buses coming towards Saddar from Korangi side will be diverted back from the junction of Mansfield street/Rafiqui Shaheed Road/ Sarwar Shaheed Road (Lucky Star).
Preedy Street M.A. Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street and Shahra-e-Iraq will be closed for all vehicles by 2000 hours or earlier if needed. The residents of the area will be permitted to reach their residences.
All buses coming towards Tower from Lea Market and other colonies will use the following route.
Aga Khan Road, Dalumal Chela Ram Road, Mir Mohd. Baluoch Road, And Shidi Village Road.
The DIG Traffic has made it clear that no vehicles shall be allowed to come on the route of processions and parking along the route is prohibited strictly.