Traffic police reveals route alternatives for rally

Commuters have been asked to avoid travelling on GT Road and use the motorway

Our Correspondent August 12, 2017

LAHORE: City Traffic Police Lahore (CTPL) have devised a comprehensive traffic plan to maintain the flow of vehicles during the rally of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif which is expected to reach Lahore on Saturday (today).

According to the plan, Gujranwala GT Road to Imamia Colony Phatak, Shahdara, Niazi Chowk, Timber Market, Azadi Flyover, U-turn, Peer Makki and Data Darbar will be closed for traffic. The commuters were directed to avoid travelling on GT Road and use the motorway.

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Traffic entering Lahore from South Punjab through GT Road to reach Rawalpindi has been diverted towards the motorway to reach its destination. Commuters travelling from Lahore to Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Azad Kashmir were also asked to use the motorway. The motorway will be opened for all kinds of traffic from Thokar Niaz Baig and Babu Sabu interchange. The Sagian Bridge will also be opened for motorists coming from Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Sheikhopura.

Commuters who wanted to travel towards Shahdara Town, Kala Khatai Road, Rasool Park and Bahar Shah Colony were directed to use old Ravi Bridge to reach their destinations. Shahdara, Windala, Jia Musa, Begum Kot, and Farrukhabad motorists who wanted to enter or leave Lahore can use Sagian Bridge.

Narowal and Narang Mandi motorists could reach or leave Lahore by using Kala Khatai Road and Haji Kot to reach Old Ravi Bridge to enter Lahore. The motorists travelling from GT Road to Lahore could use Kala Shah Kaku interchange to enter the motorway. They could reach Lahore from Sagian, Babu Sabu and Thokar Niaz Baig.

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Mall Road, Canal Road, Ferozepur Road, Bund Road and Ring Road will remain open for all kinds of traffic. The Metro Bus service will be closed from Shahdara to MAO College, but remain functional from MAO to Gajjumata.

According to the plan, the route of the rally will be divided into 11 sectors from Imamia Colony Phatak to Data Sahib. Five break downs and 18 fork lifters will also be engaged to remove hurdles and vehicles. CTPL vowed to setup six medical camps to deal with any type of emergency due to the humid weather conditions.

Chief Traffic Police Officer Rai Ijaz Ahmad said 2,000 wardens, supervised by four SPs, 20 DSPs and 70 inspectors, will perform duty on the occasion.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2017.


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