Karachi (March 19, 2018): The traffic plan for the PSL 3 final to be held in Karachi was unveiled by police officials and the Sindh information minister on Monday.
According to the plan, details of which were disclosed during a press conference earlier today, the routes leading to and from Hassan Square and New Town would be closed for traffic on the March 25.
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A shuttle service will be operative to ensure ticket-holders reach the stadium.
A total of 1600 traffic police officers will be deployed across the metropolis to assist commuters in avoiding traffic jams and other hurdles.
Three spaces, on the University Road, have been reserved for the shuttle service. An empty ground near the Urdu University will be used as the parking area for the shuttle service.
On the day of the match, citizens will not be allowed to travel on foot. Only ticket-holders will be allowed to bring their vehicles into the parking area.The PSL 2018 final will be held at the National Stadium Karachi. Strict security measures are in place in order to avoid any possible security breach.
On the day of the match, some roads surrounding the stadium will be closed for traffic at 11am.
According to the DIG, Rangers personnel will be responsible for the security inside the stadium, while police and other forces will secure the stadium from the outside.
While the match is underway, routes leading to Hassan Square and New Town and the Dalmia road will be closed for traffic.
However, the roads leading to both private hospitals on the Stadium Road will remain open. Sharea Faisal and Shahrah-i-Quaideen will also remain functional throughout.DIG Traffic Imran Yaqoob Minhas while addressing a press conference said that a total of 8,500 police personnel will be deployed around the stadium for the match.
DIG West Zulfiqar Ali Larik said the South Zone police will be deployed for the security of the hotel where the players are staying.
National Stadium Karachi (NSK) last month received an encouraging response for holding the PSL final from the International Cricket Council’s foreign security consultant Reg Dickason who witnessed a full-dress security-related rehearsal by around 8,000 members of law-enforcement agencies at the venue.
Karachi last hosted an international fixture back in 2009 when Sri Lanka played a Test match before the series was left incomplete after the horrific terror attack on the visiting team during the second Test in Lahore.The brazen attack halted international cricket contests in Pakistan until 2015 when Zimbabwe visited the country for a short limited-overs series in Lahore. International cricket action gradually started returning to Pakistan last year when Lahore hosted the PSL final in March and a star-studded World XI side for a three-match T20 series in September.
Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah today described the PSL finale is a “major event” for the city of Karachi, and said that all departments are on the same page to ensure it takes place smoothly.
All foreign players, part of Islamabad United, Karachi Kings (except for Eoin Morgan) and Peshawar Zalmi have expressed the desire to play the final in Karachi.
Islamabad United qualified for the final on Sunday after thrashing Karachi Kings in Sharjah.