The police will station 1,200 policemen and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) members at Batu Caves during the Thaipusam period.
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Abdullah said about 1.5mil devotees and visitors are expected to throng the area and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be making a visit tomorrow at 2pm.
Visitors are allowed to park at designated open spaces and along the roads around Batu Caves during the celebration.
“The council did not issue any licences for collecting parking fees. Hence those who were asked by touts to pay can report to the police,” he said.
Abdul Rahim said to ensure smooth traffic flow, several roads heading to Batu Caves would be closed in stages.
“Jalan Batu Caves will be closed starting Wednesday midnight until the celebration is over.
“Jalan Tun H.S. Lee will also be closed after midnight on Tuesday for the procession of the chariot from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple until it reached the Sri Subramaniyar Swami Temple in Batu Caves at about 3pm on Wednesday,” he said.
He advised all motorists heading to Batu Caves, Kepong and Ampang to take alternative routes like the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (Duke) and the North-South Expressway.
“We hope motorists can be more patient and follow the instructions given by the traffic police,” he said.
He added among the alternative routes available from East to Kuala Lumpur were Jalan Gombak to Setapak or Sentul or via MRR2 to Ampang or via Jalan Sentul to Jalan Ipoh.
For those heading East, the alternative routes available are from Jalan Sungai Tua to Jalan Laksamana to Jalan Kampung Wira Damai and Sri Gombak or via Jalan Kuching to Kuala Lumpur and Sentul or Setapak or via Jalan Kuching to Duke and Karak Expressway or Gombak.
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