The traffic police are gearing up for the World Cup final to be played on Saturday at Wankhede stadium. They have appealed to spectators to use public transport instead of getting their cars.
“The area around the stadium will be a no-vehicle zone,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Brijesh Singh. Several vehicles of VVIPs and heads of state are expected to arrive, he added.
Spectators should come to the stadium at least three hours before the match to avoid inconvenience as there will be several security checks. For those arriving by car, there will be a lane designated for entry. There will be boards directing spectators.
Around a dozen parking lots have been designated solely for spectators’ cars.
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) will run shuttle services to drop spectators from the parking lots to the stadium.
Diversions for cars headed to the stadium will be made at Worli and Haji Ali; no vehicles will be permitted beyond the Princess Street flyover and Sunder Mahal Junction. Exceptions will be made only for VVIP vehicles and police cars.
“Car pooling is a good option for spectators. A large traffic police force will be present wherever there are diversions to cater to the heavy traffic,” Singh said.