Thaipusam: Police expect two million people to throng Batu Caves, seven roads closed

Published date02 February 2023
Publication titleMalay Mail Online

Some two million Hindu devotees and visitors are expected to throng Batu Caves for the annual Thaipusam celebration from January 15 to February 15.

Gombak district police chief ACP Zainal Mohamed Mohamed said traffic congestion around Batu Caves is expected to start from today (February 2) to February 6.

He said the chariot procession would leave the temple in Jalan Tun HS Lee at around 10pm on Friday and arrive at Batu Caves at around 3pm on Saturday.

Seven roads around the Batu Caves temple will be closed from midnight tonight (February 3) until February 8.

The seven roads are the Kampung Melayu Batu Caves traffic light junction, the Middle Ring Road 2 turn off to the Batu Caves Temple and the traffic light junction in front of the Shell Batu Caves petrol station,' he said at a press conference here today.

'Other roads are the Jalan SBC 8/Jalan Lama Batu Caves junction, the Middle Ring Road 2 turnoff from Sri Gombak headed to the Jalan Perusahaan Batu Caves, and Jalan Perusahaan toward the Batu Caves Temple.

Zainal Mohamed said the alternative routes proposed by the police will be updated through the Gombak IPD Facebook page.

'Road users are advised to use alternative roads and public transport to avoid traffic jams,' he said.

Meanwhile, Sentul district police chief ACP Beh Eng Lai, in a statement today, said traffic on several roads will be diverted on Saturday from 4am to 10am for the chariot procession.

The roads include Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (both ways) from the Sentul IPD traffic light intersection to the Jalan Perhentian...

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