The Karachi Traffic Police on Wednesday announced a detailed traffic plan for the processions scheduled for Muharram 8, 9, and 10 (27, 28 and 29 July 2023) in order to avoid any inconvenience to commuters and maintain law and order situation in the city.
Procession Route on 27 July 2023 (8th Muharram)
According to the traffic plan issued by the Karachi Police, the main procession on 8th Muharram will commence from Nishtar Park at 1:30 pm and pass through Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-a-Shah, MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, MA Jinnah Road, Baba-e-Urdu Road, Nishtar Road, Bara Imam, Altaf Hussain Road (Old Napier Road), Bolton Market, Bombay Bazaar and Nawab Mohabbat Khanji Road and conclude at the Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar.
Procession Route on 28 July 2023 (9th Muharram)
The procession will start at 9:00 am from Liaquatabad Imambargah on Martin Road and reach Nishtar Park around 12:00 pm, where the main assembly will be held. Afterwards, the procession will resume and pass through Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, Tibet Centre, MA Jinnah Road, Bolton Market, Bombay Bazaar, Kharadar and Nawab Mohabbat Khanji Road to conclude at the Hussainian Iranian Imambargah.
Procession Route on 29 July 2023 (10th Muharram)
On 10th Muharram, a large assembly will be held at Nishtar Park from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, which will be followed by the main procession that will move towards Hussainian Iranian Imambargah through Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-e-Shah-e-Khurasan, MA Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, Tibet Centre, MA Jinnah Road, Bolton Market, Bombay Bazaar, Kharadar and Nawab Mohabbat Khanji Road.
Karachi Traffic Plan for 8th, 9th, and 10th Muharram
According to the Karachi Traffic Plan for 27, 28, and 29 July 2023, as soon as the procession departs from Nishtar Park, all traffic coming from the city will be diverted from Soldier Bazar (Bahadur Yar Jung Road), Coast Guards HQ, Ankle Saria Chowk to Jubilee or Nishtar Road.
The commuters coming from Nazimabad to MA Jinnah Road will be diverted from Lasbela Chowk to Nishtar Road leading towards Garden, while traffic coming from Liaquatabad to MA Jinnah Road will be diverted from Teen Hatti Chowk on Jail Road towards Martin Road.
Meanwhile, all vehicles will be allowed to use Jail Chowrangi Flyover and Jail Road to go towards Jamshed Road, Dadabhai Noorji Road, Kashmir Road, Highway Leaders, and Highway Faisal.
Furthermore, all traffic on the University Road towards MA Jinnah Road will be allowed to move towards the New MA Jinnah Road. However, the commuters will have to use the road under the Jail Chowrangi Flyover via Kashmir Road and Society Light Signal via Highway Leaders to Shahrah-e-Faisal.
Those commuters coming from Super Highway, Gulberg, to MA Jinnah Road will be diverted from Liaquatabad No. 10 to Nazimabad Chowrangi No. 2 via Habib Bank Flyover, State Avenue Road and Shershah to Mauripur.
Traffic coming towards the city via National Highway via Shahrah-e-Faisal or Rashid Minhas Road, Stadium Road, Sir Shah Suleiman Road, Hassan Square, Liaquatabad No. 10, Nazimabad Chowrangi No. 2, Habib Bank Flyover, State Avenue Road, and Shershah to Mauripur will be allowed to move as per their route.
Moreover, no one will be allowed to use the procession routes beyond Gurumandir Chowk and will be diverted towards Bahadur Yar Jung Road (Soldier Bazar).
No vehicles will be allowed to enter on MA Jinnah Road except those with stickers showing to join the procession. Vehicles will stickers will be allowed to join the procession through the Highway Leaders Society Light Signal.
The traffic coming from Garden (Karachi Zoo) to Aga Khan Road will be intercepted and will be allowed to move towards Ankle Saria Hospital and later diverted towards Holy Family Hospital and Jubilee Chowk.
The route for procession participants will be from Nazimabad, Lasbela, Albela, Garden Jamaat Khana on the right, Soldier Bazaar No. 3 light signal to Numaish. Liaquatabad, Teen Hatti, Jahangir Road, Gurumandir to Numaish. From Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal, University Road, Old Sabzi Mandi, Kashmir Road, Society Light Signal to Numaish.
Locations of Diversions
Teen Hatti, Lasbela, Love Lane Chowk, KMC Workshop, Lea Market, Jinnah Bridge, Mauripur Road, Ismaili Jamaat Khana, Taj Peshawari Hotel (Kharadar), Atma Ram Pritam Das Road, Aga Khan III Road, Ankle Saria Hospital, Gurumandir, Jamshed Road, Society Light Signal, Jail Flyover, Shahrah-e-Liaquat, Abdullah Haroon Road, MR Kayani Road, Dr Dawood Pota Road, Mir Karam Ali Talpur Road and Mansfield Street (Tahiri Mosque).