Traffic on major roads and national highways will be regulated
Vehicular traffic along some of the major roads in the city will be regulated on Monday to make way for Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The couple will reach Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery, at 1.40 p.m. They will visit the Kerala Folklore Museum and theatre at 2.30 p.m. Here they will be treated to a demonstration of traditional dance forms. The couple will leave for Hotel Taj Malabar by 3.45 p.m. Later, the Kerala Governor will host a dinner for the royal guests. The itinerary of the visiting team includes the visit of the Duchess to the Ernakulam General Hospital and to Aluva to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between a UK-based firm and the Aluva municipality in the ‘future cities’ project.
Prince Charles will visit Cochin Shipyard on Tuesday at 10.15 a.m. and from there he will leave for Vazhachal. The Duchess will reach the Ernakulam General Hospital at 10.30 a.m. She will visit Aluva Palace and Rajagiri School after the visit to the hospital.
The district police have deputed around 700 policemen, including Deputy Superintendents of Police, in the city as part of the security cover for the visiting team.
Though some traffic restrictions will be imposed in the city, vehicular movement will not be completely held up. “Traffic will be paused for a maximum of five minutes before the arrival of the team’s motorcade,” said a senior police officer.
On Monday, vehicular movement will be regulated between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. at Muttom near Kalamassery, Edappally, Palarivattom, Vyttila and Kundanoor junctions. Regulations will be in place in Kundannoor Junction, Thevara Ferry, BOT West, Indira Gandhi Road and the road from there to Taj Vivanta between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Parking will be banned from 12 noon to 3 p.m. along the Muttom-Kalamassery road to Kundannoor via National Highway 47. Vehicle parking will not be allowed in areas from Kundanoor Junction, to Thevara Ferry, BOT West, Indira Gandhi Road and Taj Vivanta between 12 noon and 5 p.m. on Monday.
No vehicle will be allowed to be parked on the flanks of the road between Thevara Ferry Junction and SH College, Thevara, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. All vehicles, including container lorries parked in the area, will have to be moved to the parking yard of the Cochin Port Trust.
On Tuesday, vehicular movement in Willingdon Island, Indira Gandhi Road, Bristow Road, Thevara, Jose Junction, Park Avenue Road, Shanmugham Road, Bolgatty Junction, Container Road and Muttom areas will be restricted from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon. Parking of vehicles will also be banned on the flanks of these roads from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vehicle parking will not be permitted on the National Highway stretch between Muttom, Kalamassery and Aroor Bridge and the service road that runs parallel to the Highway between 12 noon and 4 p.m. Traffic will be regulated at Muttom, Edappally, Palarivattom, Vyttila and Kundanoor Junction on Tuesday between 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Police have also banned the parking of container lorries from BOT East junction to Muttom from Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, said a communication from the police.