Muri administration decides to ban entry into city, declares emergency

More than 125,000 vehicles have entered Murree, making traffic flow very slow.-Photo DC Rawalpindi

Muri: The district administration of the city had decided to ban the entry of vehicles into the city after declaring a state of emergency amid heavy snowfall and tourist rush at the hill station.

According to a statement by the Deputy Commissioner, Rawalpindi, it has been decided to close the entrance gate to meet the emergency due to continuous heavy snowfall in Muri.

“The district administration and police are working to rescue the people stuck in the traffic,” it said.

In view of the emergency situation in Muri, a control room has been set up in the office of the Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi for monitoring and mitigation.

The administration has advised tourists to contact 051-9292963 or 0300-5540819 (mobile/whatsapp) in case of emergency.

Rawalpindi police chief Sajid Kiyani said traffic was being diverted from toll plazas and entry gates while roads were open to exit Muri.

“Tourists should take extra precautions amid extreme weather conditions,” he said.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Friday evening urged tourists, especially families, to avoid traveling to Muri and Galiyat.

Rashid said that more than one lakh vehicles have already entered Murree, making the traffic flow extremely slow.

He said that Islamabad and Murree administration is working round the clock for the convenience of the tourists.