Wary of the fact that the roads around Wankhede stadium will be exceptionally congested if ticket holders drive down to south Mumbai, the traffic department is requesting spectators to avail of the public transport to get to the venue.
‘Don’t use private vehicles if you are coming to Wankhede stadium’ is the advisory that the Mumbai Traffic Police has put out for the last match of cricketing maestro Sachin Tendulkar, which commences today.
Apart from pressing 400 traffic personnel into service for the five-day match, police will implement special traffic arrangements with regards to parking of vehicles, traffic circulation and pedestrian movement in and around the stadium.
Pedestrians have been requested to only walk in areas demarcated for them and not on the roads. Those who do arrive by their personal vehicles would have to walk up to the stadium, as the designated parking spaces would be located at a distance from the venue.
Police said spectators that do drive down from the eastern suburbs would have to park their vehicles at Ballard Pier and near Inox theatre at Nariman Point, while those making their way from the western suburbs would be permitted to park their vehicles at Nana Nani Park in Girgaum Chowpatty.
“Residents staying near the venue have been issued passes for their vehicles and only those vehicles will be allowed to remain in the area. Any resident who has more than one vehicle has been asked to seek an alternate parking spot for their other vehicle,” said Brijesh Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic).
Well in advance
The elaborate traffic arrangements and road barricading will commence 12 hours before the match, as police believe that securing the surroundings at the last minute could result in chaos. The traffic police claim that they have asked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) whether temporary parking arrangements could be made at the four gymkhanas in south Mumbai to which the latter had not reverted. There will be signboards that will instruct spectators on where to alight and where to park their vehicles. Spectators have been requested to follow these instructions for their and others convenience.
Keeping a watch
>> Constables 850
>> Women cops 200
>> DCPs 3
>> ACPs 18
>> Inspectors 35
>> Sub-inspectors 90
>> Bomb squad 6
>> Quick response 12
>> SRPF personnel 6
>> CCTV cameras 352
>> Metal detector gates 45
>> Hand detectors 100