The residents of Karachi would be facing another three days strict security and alternative traffic plan situation because of the T20 series between Pakistan and the West Indies which is to start from today at the National Stadium of Karachi. The major portion of the city would be turned into a high-security zone with hundreds of law enforcement personnel on roads for guarding the match venue.
Pakistan and West Indies would be competing against each other in the three-match T20 series in the National Stadium from the 1st of April to the 3rd of April. The Sindh traffic authorities, police and Pakistan Rangers have made an announcement for the same plan for the three international matches which the Karachiites witnessed on the 25th of March when the final match of PSL 3 was hosted at the National Stadium between Peshawar Zalmi and Islamabad United. The only change in the plan is that the roads in the neighbouring areas to the match venue would be blocked from 2 pm, unlike the PSL 3 final in which the roads were blocked from 11 am.
As per the information shared by the officials taking care of the security, parking, transport arrangement and traffic for the matches a brief guide is as follows:
- Roads around the stadium would be closed for traffic from 2 pm
- Nobody would be permitted to reach the stadium directly. All the match spectators need to first reach the car parking areas.
- Shara-e-Faisal and Shahrah-e-Quaideen would remain open to traffic the entire day
- During the entire match, the roads leading to Hassan Square and New Town and Dalmia Road would be closed for traffic
- The roads leading to Agha Khan University Hospital and Liaquat National Hospital on Stadium Road would remain open during the entire period.
How to Reach the Stadium?
Step I: Reach the car parking area. There are five parking areas marked around the stadium. Tickets should be with the spectators as they need to show the tickets at checkpoints to reach the parking areas.
The car parking areas are:
- Kashmir Road parking
- Mangal Bazaar parking area
- Hakeem Saeed playground parking area
- Federal Urdu University parking area
- Gharib Nawaz Football Ground on National Stadium Road near the Dalmia parking area
Step II: At the car parking areas, there would be a marshalling area. At the marshalling area, one would go under the first three physical searches. The Pakistan Cricket Board Staff would there verify the tickets and permit one to move onwards for the shuttle service.
Step III: The shuttle service would then drop you off at an assigned drop zone. There are three drop zones, namely:
- Expo centre
- Opposite to Bahria University
- Opposite to Agha Khan Hospital
Step IV: The distance from the drop zone to the stadium is roughly about 200-300 metres. If one is a senior citizen or disabled in some way would be provided with a transportation facility from the drop zone to the stadium gates via bus.
Step V: A third physical search would be done at the stadium gates. Once the stadium is reached the PCB staff would direct one to the allotted seats.