As the auspicious occasion of Thaipusam, scheduled for 25th January 2024 draws near, fervent devotees have embarked on the sacred journey of fulfilling their vows to the revered deity, Lord Murugan. The revered grounds of prominent temples dedicated to Thaipusam festivities, such as the Sri Subramaniar Temple Batu Caves, the Thanneermalai Temple in Penang, and the Kallumalai Temple in Ipoh, witnessed a vibrant influx of worshippers over the past weekend. The enthusiastic gathering reflects the prevailing sense of anticipation and fervor in the atmosphere as devoted individuals make ready for the forthcoming Thaipusam celebration.
Starting yesterday(22nd January 2024) and continuing until 26th January 2024, seven thoroughfares around Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur will be temporarily closed to facilitate the chariot procession in honor of the Thaipusam celebration.
The Selangor Police Chief, Datuk Hussein Omar Khan, has announced the closure of roads to alleviate traffic congestion, anticipating the convergence of approximately two million visitors at the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves during the festival period.
The roads that will be closed are:
– Jalan Bunga Raya heading to Jalan Batu Caves
– Jalan Station (Batu Caves Bypass)
– Middle Ring Road 2 turnoff to Batu Caves – Middle Ring Road 2 from Sri Gombak to Batu Caves
– Jalan SBC 8/Jalan Lama Batu Caves junction – Jalan Perusahaan towards Batu Caves
– The traffic light junction in front of the Shell Batu Caves petrol station
Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel routes, opting for alternative paths to Batu Caves, and consider parking their vehicles in authorized areas at designated parking facilities.
Datuk Hussein said, “the public is also encouraged to use public transport following the free fares provided by Rapid KL and commuter trains from 25th January to 25th January as announced by the government. There are a total of 1,600 police officers have been assigned for the Thaipusam celebration to ensure the smooth unfolding of the event and the safety of the public. Various static control centers have been established to assist visitors in accessing services and filing police reports.”
He underscored that the use of drones in the vicinity of the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple, Batu Caves is strictly prohibited during the Thaipusam celebration. Police officers will be stationed in the area to consistently monitor the situation.
Devotees and attendees are urged to take note of the scheduled road closures and plan their routes accordingly as the significant Thaipusam celebration draws near. The police officers emphasize the importance of understanding and cooperation to facilitate a seamless and blessed Thaipusam experience for all participants.