KARACHI - Massive traffic jam was witnessed in the city as law-enforcement agencies blocked several main arteries ahead of the beginning of 9th International Defence Exhibition (IDEAS 2016) at Karachi Expo Centre on Tuesday.

The exhibition that kicked off on Tuesday will continue till November 25 at the Expo Centre located in District East.

The Center, to a considerable extent,

is now located in center of the city along with three major roads, including University Road, Stadium Road and Dalmiya Road, causing major shift of the vehicular traffic to the other link roads.

The participation of VIPS and VVIPs in the highly sensitive exhibition has resulted in extraordinary security arrangements, and the city will remain on a high alert till the event ends.

It’s worth mentioning here that the agencies had started making security arrangements couple of days earlier, as a part of which various roads have been blocked many a times up till now during transportation of the stuff to be displayed at the Expo. Traffic police, while giving an alternate traffic plan, has directed the concerned officials to ensure the presence of wardens at all major roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

According to the plan, all commercial vehicles, coming from Jinnah International Airport and proceeding towards the National Stadium via Karsaz, will be diverted towards Baloch Colony and through a U-turn from Tipu Sultan Bridge towards Shaheed-e-Millat Road to approach Jail Flyover and University Road or Gharibabad.

A stretch of Sir Shah Suleman Road from Hassan Square to the stadium intersection will remain closed for traffic during the exhibition hours. Heavy, commercial and other vehicles are not allowed to take Karsaz route to the Stadium Road.

Roads leading to the exhibition’s venue, situated in Gulshan-e-Iqbal near the Civic Center, were blocked by placing large containers, and the traffic was diverted to alternate routes.

These blockades caused massive traffic jams on Shahrah-e-Faisal, Rashid Minhas Road, Jahangir Road, Shahrah-e-Pakistan and other link roads. Lyari Expressway remains open for the traffic and large number of people use the route from Sohrab Goth to Gulbai, Maripur while the route from Gharibabad to Sohrab is also being used extensively following massive traffic jam across the city.