Thaipusam: Two million visitors expected to flood Batu Caves, road closed

Thaipusam: Two million visitors expected to flood Batu Caves, road closed

KUALA LUMPUR: Two million Hindus and visitors are expected to flood Batu Caves, here, in conjunction with the Thaipusam festival which will be celebrated on Sunday.

Gombak District Police Chief, ACP Zainal Mohamed Mohamed said, there is expected to be traffic congestion around the area from today until 6 February.

He said, the Thaipusam procession will also start from Jalan Tun HS Lee, here at midnight and is expected to reach Batu Caves this Saturday.

Accordingly, according to him, seven roads around Batu Caves will begin to be closed at midnight tonight until 8 February.

“The seven roads that are closed are from the Kampung Melayu Batu Caves traffic lights, the turnoff from the direction of MRR2 to Batu Caves Temple, Jalan Batu Caves Lama to the main gate of Batu Caves Temple, the junction of three traffic lights in front of the Shell gas station, Batu Caves,” he said in the meeting. media at Dewan Martek, here today.

In addition, the intersection of Jalan SBC 8/ Jalan Lama Batu Caves, the MRR2 slip from Sri Gombak leads to Jalan Perusahaan Batu Caves and Jalan Perusahaan leads to Kuil Batu Caves.

Zainal Mohamed said the road closure in the Gombak District Police Headquarters (IPD) administration area was to ensure smooth traffic throughout Thaipusam.

“The alternative route suggested by the police will be updated through the IPD Gombak Facebook social media platform. Road users are advised to use alternative roads and public transport to avoid traffic congestion,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sentul District Police Chief, ACP Beh Eng Lai in a statement today said, the movement of the cart from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Jalan Tun HS Lee to Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple, Batu Caves will start at 10pm tomorrow.

Beh said that several roads were also diverted this Saturday from 4 am to 10 am involving Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (both ways) from the IPD Sentul traffic light intersection to the Jalan Perhentian traffic lights.

In addition, on 6 Feb from 6pm to 12 midnight involving Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (both ways) from Jalan Perhentian traffic lights to IPD Sentul traffic lights.

Accordingly, road users are advised to plan their journeys and choose alternative routes to avoid being caught in traffic jams during road closures and diversions.

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