Traffic regulation for cricket match

CHENNAI OCT. 22. All four roads around the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium — Wallajah Road, Bells Road, Bharathi Salai (Pycrofts Road) and Canal Road — have been made `one-way' as part of traffic regulations for the day-night one-day international cricket match between India and New Zealand tomorrow.

Briefing reporters this evening, G.U.G. Sastry, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said only MTC buses and vehicles with passes would be allowed on Wallajah Road till Kamarajar Salai. Vehicles with passes would be allowed to park at the Pavilion and TNCA car parking lots.

All other motorists proceeding towards Kamarajar Salai from Anna Salai have to turn right onto the Adams Road near the Periyar statue and reach Kamarajar Salai near the Napier bridge. Vehicle parking has been arranged at the Pandian Thidal behind the Government Estate and also at Anna Square.

Further, Bells Road has been made `one-way' with entry only from Wallajah Road. Vehicles with passes coming from the Triplicane High Road have to pass through Bharathi Salai (Pycrofts Road) and turn left to reach the car parking lot near the MRTS station at Chepauk on the Canal Road, which has also been made one-way with entry only from the Bharathi Salai.

Mr. Sastry said that apart from the parking lots earmarked for vehicles with passes — Anna Pavilion, TNCA, MCC, Canal Road (MRTS), Victoria Hostel, Warden's Quarters and Madras University — arrangements had been made to enable drivers of vehicles without passes to park at Anna Square, on Fore Shore Road, Pandian Thidal (behind Government Estate) and at PWD building, ``at a nominal parking fee''.

N. Srinivasan, TNCA president, said arrangements had been made to accommodate nearly 1,500 vehicles with passes at the parking lots. Till this evening, around 38,000 tickets had been sold yielding an income of Rs. 1.6 crores.

According to M.K. Jha, Joint Commissioner of Police (Central), said spectators would not be allowed to bring eatables, crackers, cigarettes and alcohol. He advised spectators against carrying cellphones inside the stadium. Moreover, vigil would be maintained inside, along and on the peripheral areas of the stadium, he said. Further, ambulances would be stationed at prominent places.

On questions about traffic disruption after the air show on September 6, Mr. Jha said problems occurred that day owing to the haphazard parking of cars on arterial roads. However, elaborate arrangements had been taken to ensure that vehicles are parked properly, he said. Mr. Sastry said the traffic police did not expect any trouble this year as the match would end late in the night, when the city roads would be free of the usual traffic.

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