KARACHI: Deputy Inspector General of Traffic Police Karachi announced on Tuesday that the mourning procession routes and alternate traffic arrangements during Ashura days in the city would be as under.
On 8th Muharram at 13:30 hours, a Shia procession will start from Nishtar Park via Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, again MA Jinnah Road (right turn Baba-e-Urdu Road), Baba-e-Urdu Road, Crossing of Chand Bibi Road, Nishtar Road, Bara Imam, Altaf Hussain Road (old Napier Road), MA Jinnah Road, Boulton Market, Bombay Bazaar, Nawab Mohabbat Khanji Road and it will terminate at Hussainia Iranian Imambargah.
On 9th Muharram at 9:00 am, a Shia procession will be taken out from Markazi Imambargah Liaquat. This procession will first go to Martin Road, Imambargah and thereafter it will come to Nishtar Park where Majlis will be held.
At about 12:00 noon, the procession will be taken out from Nishtar Park for Iranian Hussainia Imambargah, Kharadar via Nishtar Park, Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Father Jaminis Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, again MA Jinnah Road, Boulton Market, Bombay Bazaar, Kharadar, Nawab Mahabat Khanji Road to Hussainia Iranian Imambargah.
On 10th Muharram, a large Majlis of Shia will be held at Nishtar Park from 0730 hours to 0900 hours and after Majlis, a procession will start and proceed via route as per schedule of 9th Muharram procession.
As soon as the procession will start from Nishtar park, all vehicular traffic coming from city side will be diverted to Soldier Bazaar Road from junction of MA Jinnah Road /Dr Dawoodpota Road. All kind of traffic from Nazimabad side will be diverted to Lasbella towards Nishtar Road towards Zoological Garden to reach its destination.
All kind of traffic coming from Liaquatabad side will be diverted on Martin Road towards Jail side. These vehicles shall however be permitted to proceed up to Jail and shall then proceed via Jamsheed Road, Dada Bhoy Noorji Road, Kashmir Road, Shahrah-e-Quaideen, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Lucky Start, Sarwar Shaheed Road, Fawara Chowk , Shaheen Complex, II Chundrigar Road and Tower.
All kind of traffic coming from Stadium Road side shall proceed via New MA Jinnah Road. These vehicles shall be diverted at Dada Bhoy Noorji Road towards Kashmir Road, Society Light Signal, Shahrah-e-Quaideen to Shahrah-e-Faisal.
All kind of traffic coming from Super Highway side shall be diverted from Liaquatabad No 10 towards Chowrangi No 2, Nazimabad and shall proceed via Habib Bank Chowk, Estate Avenue Road, Shershah to Mauripur Road for return journey. These vehicles shall adopt the same route.
All kind of traffic shall not be permitted to proceed towards the route of procession from Guru Mandar (Roundabout). These vehicles shall be diverted onto Bahadur Yar Jang Road and again onto Khan Bahadur Naqi Muhammad Khan Road. Under no circumstances, these vehicles shall be permitted to proceed along Soldier Bazaar Road from junction of Khan Bahadur Naqi Muhammad Khan Road/Bahadur Yar Jang Road.
All kind of traffic coming towards Quaid-e-Azam Mazar via MA Jinnah Road will be diverted towards Bahadur Yar Jang Road. No vehicular traffic will be allowed to proceed towards Old Exhibition under any circumstances.
All vehicular traffic approaching Old Exhibition via Shahrah-e-Quaideen (except those arriving for participating in the procession having stickers pasted on their windscreens issued from this office) shall not be allowed to proceed from the roundabout of Society Office Roundabout behind Mazar.
All traffic going toward Saddar and other colonies will not be permitted to proceed towards Empress Market from the junction of (I) Preedy Street/MA Jinnah Road, (2) Court Road Chowk and (4) Fresco Chowk when the head of the procession reached near the crossing of MA Jinnah Road Mansfield Street.
On 10th Muharram, all the vehicular traffic coming from Keamari side will be diverted towards Sheerin Jinnah via Musa Road and similarly all the vehicular traffic coming from West Wharf and Mauripur side will not be allowed after ICI Chowk.
In the night of 9th /10 Muharram, Tazia procession will be carried out throughout the city. The following traffic arrangement will be made.
All buses approaching Saddar from Jamshed Road side will not be permitted to come towards Mansfield Street after 2200 hour and these vehicles will be sent straight onto MA Jinnah Road.
Similarly, buses coming towards Saddar and wanting to go to residential colonies via Shahrah-e-Liaquat and Empress Market will be diverted onto Muhammad Bin Qasim Road/MA Jinnah Road and all the vehicles wanting to go to Malir and Shahrah-e-Faisal will be diverted onto Court Road, Moulana Wafai Road, AH Road , MW Rod to Shahrah-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, MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street and Shahrah-e-Iraq will b closed for all vehicles by 2000 hours or earlier if needed. The residents of the area will be permitted to reach their residents.
All buses coming towards Tower from Lea Market and other colony will use the following route: Aga Khan Road, Dalumal Chela Ram Road, Mir Mohammad Baloch Road and Sheedi Village Road.
No vehicles shall be allowed to come on the route of procession and park along the route.