LAHORE: The Punjab Police on Wednesday strictly implemented the security plan made to provide foolproof security for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) players and spectators.
As per the plan, about 18,000 police personnel from various wings of the Police Department were deputed at the Gaddafi Stadium, whereas over 2,000 traffic wardens including 97 senior traffic wardens and 22 DSPs, under the supervision of seven SPs, performed their duties to ensure a smooth flow of traffic on the roads of the provincial capital.
Special police teams also conducted combing operations around the stadium and a local hotel on the Mall Road – where the players are residing – to avoid any untoward incident. A heavy contingent of the police including DSPs and SHOs also participated in the combing operation.
However, some sections of the main roads leading to the stadium remained closed for traffic, while Ferozpur Road from Muslim Town Mor to the Kalma Chowk and a portion of the Main Boulevard in Gulberg were also closed for traffic. The commuters used alternative routes to reach their destinations.
On the other hand, the Mall Road, Jail Road and Canal Road remained open for traffic.
Furthermore, the vehicles with LPG and gas containers were not allowed to enter the parking space of the stadium.
Vehicles coming from Gulberg and Cantonment areas were parked at the LDA Parking Plaza, traffic from Thokar Niaz Beg at the Punjab University Hostels and the vehicles coming from Kahna and Kot Lakhpat were parked at Liberty Market.
Regarding rescue and health arrangements, a cardiac mobile, 20 ambulances, 18 motorcycle rescuers, 20 rescue posts and two improvised hospitals in the stadium area and private hotels were also set up.