Ten major roads in Kuala Lumpur city will be closed in stages from 10pm this Friday to make way for the Thaipusam procession from the city to Batu Caves.

According to KL traffic police investigation and traffic law officer Deputy Supt S. Markandan, roads that will be closed include Jalan Sultan, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Sogo, Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Sri Amar.

He explained that the Friday procession will start from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple on Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and will pass the roads listed above, before heading to Jalan Tun Razak (U-turn in front of the fire station), Jalan Ipoh (Jalan Salleh), Jalan Kovil Hilir, Lorong Kovil Hulu, Jalan Perhentian, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Ipoh Batu 5 dan Batu Caves.

The procession’s return leg will start from 4pm Monday and is expected to end the following morning. The procession will start from the Sri Subramaniar temple in Batu Caves and will pass Jalan Ipoh, Batu 5, Jalan Perhentian, Lorong Kovil Hulu, Jalan Kovil Hilir, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ipoh.

Affected roads include Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Lebuh Ampang, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Jalan Hang Lekir and Jalan Tun H.S Lee.

According to Markandan, the timing of the road closures will depend on the progress of the procession, and roads will be reopened to motorists after the procession passes through. He urged those who are heading downtown to use public transport and warned motorists not to add to the traffic situation.

“If possible, use public transportation to get to your destination. I understand that there will be transportation provided for the celebrations. Don’t park your vehicles on the designated routes. By obstructing traffic, you risk getting summoned or having your vehicles towed away. No exceptions will be made during the celebrations. Traffic offenders will be dealt with. We mean business,” he said.