Road closures have been announced for the Merdeka celebrations taking place this year at the country’s administrative capital, Putrajaya, The Star reports. The closures on August 31 will be from 6am until the parade is finished; the Merdeka parade is expected to start from 7:30 am and end by noon, said Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Roslan Bek Ahmad.

The affected roads are Laman Perdana, Persiaran Perdana, Lebuh Saujana, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lebuh Wawasan, Lebuh Bestari, Jalan Pembangunan, Jalan Kemerdekaan and Lebuh Setia, the deputy police chief said in a statement yesterday. Approximately 5,000 parking lots have been allocated, as well as shuttle buses between locations in the area.

There will be three shuttle bus zones – the pick-up points for Zone A are in Putrajaya Sentral, My Farm and Ayer 8, and passengers from these locations will be dropped off at Kiblat Walk. Zones B and C will have passengers boarding from Presint 14, the Higher Education Ministry, Taman Seri Empangan and the Kompleks E parking area, and they will be dropped off behind the Palace of Justice.

“Please follow all instructions of the policemen on the ground and do not park your vehicles indiscriminately on the side of the road. Vehicles deemed to be blocking traffic will be towed,” said Roslan, advising all who are attending to keep their belongings safe and to be wary of pickpockets. Approximately 300,000 people are expected to turn up for this year’s Merdeka celebrations in Putrajaya.