ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has devised a special traffic plan for Joint Services Pakistan Day Parade on March 23 and its preparations in the federal capital to facilitate citizens.
Senior Superintendent of Traffic Police Farrukh Rasheed in a video message said heavy vehicles would not be allowed to enter in Islamabad on March 17, 19, 21 and March 23 for two hours between 12:00am to 2:00pm.
According to the traffic plan, at least 600 ITP personnel including one Superintendent Police, two District SPs and 22 police inspectors will perform duties on Pakistan Day, March 23, in the city.
Small vehicles coming from Lahore will use route of Rawat T-Cross to reach the motorway after passing through Rawalpindi Saddar Road and Peshawar GT Road. Vehicles coming from Rawalpindi Airport will use the Expressway and be diverted from Khana Bridge. They may use Lehtrar Road, Captain Naeem Tufail Shaheed Chowk (Taramri Chowk), Park Road, Rawal Dam Chowk, Murree Road to reach G-sectors or Kashmir Highway.
Those motorists traveling to Murree may take a turn from Kashmir Chowk and travel towards their destination from Bhara Kahu. Those going to Islamabad Airport or Lahore will go through 9th Avenue, Murree Road, Rawal Road and take a right turn from Koral Flyover.
The motorists coming from motorway will have to use Kashmir Highway to move towards Aabpara, Bhara Kahu and Murree. Faizabad will remain completely closed for all types of traffic while Expressway will be also closed from Khana Bridge to Faizabad for small vehicles on March 17, 19, 21 and March 23 from 5:00am to 2:00pm except those having permission letter to move ahead.
Invitation cards in different colors have been issued to those coming to attend the Pakistan Day parade. The cards give the driver guidance on the route, parking lot and sitting area.
For instance people having red invitation cards will reach the sitting area after using the red marked route and parking vehicle in the red colour parking area. Every guest will use the route according to the color of his/her card.
Guests coming from Murree Road Rawalpindi will reach the Expressway after crossing Faizabad Flyover. They will take a U-turn from Shakarparian Flyover and enter route number 1 to reach the parking area.
Those having green or black colour invitation cards and coming from Islamabad will cross Shakarparian Flyover and enter the route number 1 to reach their parking areas. Signboards in different colours and personnel will also guide the guests towards their parking areas.
Commuters coming from Rawalpindi, Jhelum and Mangla will travel through Islamabad Expressway. They will reach Shakarparian Flyover after crossing Faizabad underpass and take a U-turn from there to access route number I. The participants having red or yellow invitation cards can use the same route being used by the green or black card holders but they will use route number II on Islamabad Highway to reach the Parade Avenue.
Guests having blue, red, green and maroon invitation cards will use the same route specified for holders of green and black colour cards. However, they will enter the Parade Avenue through entry route no III on Expressway.