268 cops to guard the roads of Murree


Around 268 traffic and district officers will be deployed on the roads of Murree after the recent tragedy at the hill station where at least 23 people died while trapped in their vehicles during a blizzard.

According to a traffic plan released by the Rawalpindi City Traffic Police on Sunday, 8,000 tourist vehicles will be able to enter Murree and Galiyat daily from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special checkpoints have been set up at Murree Toll Plaza and other entry points. Only licensed drivers will be allowed to drive vehicles at the mountain station.

Municipal traffic police officers will be deployed along with snow removal and assistance vehicles.

By order of the district administration, the vehicle parking capacity is approximately 3,500 vehicles in Murree.

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A ban has been imposed on tourists entering Murree from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. For freight vehicles, the time was split from night to morning.

“Special checkpoints have been set up at toll booths and entrances to Murree where apart from the check awareness leaflets are also distributed,” said Taimur Khan, Traffic Manager (CTO) of Rawalpindi.

‘Only licensed drivers are permitted to travel to Murree,’ he added.

The official said tourists can also turn to radio station 88.6 and the official traffic police social media pages for information on weather conditions and rush hours.

The CTO said additional vehicles were parked on one side only for the convenience of tourists, but in the event of a snowfall, tourists should avoid parking and taking selfies on both sides of the road.

The official also advised tourists to keep warm clothes and food for themselves and not to completely close the windows of their vehicles when using the heating.

Khan also called on tourists to cooperate with traffic police and other agencies in following travel instructions to make their trip safer and more comfortable.

“Give quick access to snow removal vehicles so that the road can be cleared,” he added.

The official also held a meeting of traffic police officers and staff stationed in Murree and issued strict instructions that in the event of snowfall and blizzard, all staff should have emergency numbers. urgency of all departments.

The duty officer should keep the numbers of all departments in his office, and in case of emergency, he should contact the relevant department in time and clear the road for tourists. Traffic police elevators have been instructed to remain on patrol and do not allow parking under any circumstances.

The control room set up for the convenience of tourists should be provided with a mobile phone number as well as the landline number so that prompt assistance can be provided in case of communication failure during heavy snowfall .

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