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Karachiites to suffer on New Year’s eve amid tight security arrangements

As 2016 comes to an end, tight security arrangements will be put into place in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad on New Year’s eve to ensure law and order and smooth flow of traffic.

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate the new year on the night of Dec 31.

The extraordinary security arrangements in Karachi, however, often put a damper on festivities as citizens suffer great inconvenience commuting through the city, whether they are participating in celebrations or not.

Several major arteries are to be closed to traffic and heavy police deployment will be made particularly at the Seaview/Clifton beach.

The security plan is to be implemented this evening, and will become extensive 10pm onwards, Deputy Inspector General South Zone Azad Khan told Dawn earlier.

The general public will not be allowed to roam in areas leading to consulates in Clifton and Defence areas particularly at night, added Mr Khan.

DHA residents will be allowed to enter their areas after checking of their ID cards. There is, however, no specific security threat in Karachi for New Year’s eve, the DIG said.
Roads closed

The office of DIG traffic police, Karachi has issued a traffic plan, advising general public and residents of the DHA and Clifton to use the prescribed routes and diversions to reach their destinations.

Roads leading from Metropole Hotel to Seaview will be turned into one-way for traffic to avoid congestion whereas the road leading from Seaview to Korangi Road will also be made one-way for the same reason, he said.

Roads will be completely closed for traffic from Sunset Boulevard towards Punjab Chowrangi while other track towards Korangi Road will remain open.

The road from Defence light signal towards Street No 2 light signal will be closed as well.

The road will be closed for traffic from Boat Basin Chowrangi to Bilawal Chowrangi, and from Bilawal Chowrangi to the helipad.

No vehicular traffic will be allowed to move towards Submarine Chowrangi from the Mai Kolachi Road; it will be closed after 9pm from the KPT Bridge near American consulate.

However, traffic will be allowed to move from Boat Basin towards Jinnah Bridge.
Traffic diversions

As per the plan, all vehicular traffic coming from Akhtar Colony via Express Way and Korangi area will not be allowed to move towards Khayaban-i-Ittehad (Seaview).

The traffic will be diverted to the main Korangi Road, Sharea Faisal, Regent Chowk, Club Chowk, Hoshang Chowk, Teen Talwar, Do Talwar, Shahrah-i-Iran, Clifton helipad, 26th Street right turn towards McDonalds at Seaview, Village Restaurant and Khayaban-i- Ittehad to their destinations.

All heavy traffic coming from Mauripur Road will not be allowed to move towards Mai Kolachi Road and will be diverted from Jinnah Bridge to reach their destinations via Hub River Road and Shahrah-i-Pakistan.

Small traffic will be allowed from Jinnah Bridge towards M.T Khan Road, PIDC, Club Chowk, Avari Hotel and onward to Sharea Faisal.

All heavy vehicles coming from Korangi Industrial Area will be diverted towards the National Highway to proceed to the Northern Bypass and onward.
Alternate routes

The drivers coming from North Nazimabad, Gulberg, Liaquatabad, Gulshan-i-Iqbal and New Karachi towards DHA have been advised to use M.A. Jinnah Road, Garden Road, Zaibunnisa Street, Avari light signal, Club Chowk, Hoshang Chowk, Teen Talwar, Do Talwar, Shahrah-i-Iran, Clifton helipad, 26th Street right turn towards McDonalds at Seaview, Village Restaurant, Khayaban-i-Ittehad to their destinations.

The drivers coming from Gadap, Bin Qasim, Landhi, Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony, Jamshed Road, and Saddar towards the DHA have been asked to use main Sharea Faisal, Club Chowk, Hoshang Chowk, Teen Talwar, Do Talwar, Shahrah-i-Iran, Clifton helipad, 26th Street right turn towards McDonalds at Seaview, Village Restaurant, Khayaban-i-Ittehad to reach their destination.

The residents of DHA residing in Phase-V, VI, VII have been advised to access Phase VIII by reaching the intersections such as 26th Street to Khayaban-i-Ittehad, Saba Avenue to Khayaban-i-Ittehad, Shaheen light signal to Khayaban-i-Ittehad, Shujaat light signal to Khayaban-i-Ittehad, Bahria intersection to Khayaban-i-Ittehad as these intersections will be kept open.
Other instructions

The DIG Traffic said that no parking will be allowed on main arteries such as Sharea Faisal, Abdullah Haroon Road, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Mai Kolachi Road, Korangi Road, M.T. Khan Road etc.

He added that heavy vehicles would be allowed to ply in the areas after 2am only to prevent traffic congestion.

Traffic police warned that the use of vehicles or motorcycles without silencers or with broken silencers was strictly prohibited and anyone found using them would be handed over to local police for legal action.
Security ramped up in Islamabad

More than 2,000 police and the Rangers personnel will provide security to revelers in Islamabad on New Year’s eve, police said on Friday, and 600 Traffic Police will also be deployed to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

SSP (operations) Mir Vais Niaz and SSP (traffic) Malik Matloob devised the security and traffic plan, according to which the security personnel will be deputed at all important places, shopping centers, main markets for the safety of the public.

Police deployment will also be ensured in Blue Area, Super Market, Jinnah Super Market, F-10 and F-11 sectors, Faizabad and Aabpara market while police reserves will be on a standby to deal with any untoward situation, they stated, adding police commandos will patrol different areas.

All Eagle and Falcon squads and Rescue 15 staff would perform security duties, they added.

All the Police Stations have been directed to ensure fool proof security in their respective areas, they stated, adding that all SHOs will maintain close coordination with other police wings to ensure elaborate security.

Special squads of traffic police have also been constituted to maintain traffic flow and check wheelie, motorcycle race and bikes and vehicles without silencers. Operational police will also assist traffic police in checking rash driving on the New Year night.

The special security plan has also been devised for churches and Christian colonies.

The capital police have appealed to the citizens to avoid any activity which is detrimental to their safety.
5,000 policemen deployed in Lahore

More than 5,000 policemen will be deputed to provide foolproof security to Lahore on New Year’s eve, said Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Amin Wains on Friday.

While reviewing security plan for the new year’s eve, the CCPO directed all six divisional SPs, 35 circle deputy superintendents of police and 83 station house officers to remain alert, patrol their respective areas and carry out search operations in their respective areas.

He directed the SPs to depute 174 snipers on all high rise and important buildings to ensure security for citizens coming out of their houses to celebrate the new year.

He said special police teams should be constituted to monitor and avert aerial firing and one wheeling and strict action taken against those involved in these acts.

Courtesy : Dawn News

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