| Siti Hajar |
SEVERAL roads leading to Bandar Seri Begawan will be closed this coming Monday as the country celebrates 31 years of independence.
A representative from the Royal Brunei Police Force’s (RBPF) Traffic Control and Investigation Unit during a press conference yesterday highlighted that road closures will begin at 6.30am.
Among the affected routes include the Jalan Tutong traffic light opposite Badi’ah Hotel; the High Court traffic light; the Jalan Haji Basir traffic light in front of the Fire and Rescue building stretching through to the Taman Jubli traffic light; the Jalan Bendahara traffic light near Chung Hwa Middle School (including the Jalan Jawatan Dalam traffic light); Jalan Kebangsaan, Jalan Sekolah and Jalan Tasek.
Other closed roads will include the traffic lights of Jalan Stoney, Jalan Kianggeh within the Jubilee Hotel area, Jalan Elizabeth 2 and Jalan Kianggeh, Jalan Residency and Jalan McArthur.
The main roads that will be of the event’s focus and therefore to be closed off include Jalan McArthur, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Roberts, the stretch of Jalan Elizabeth 2, Jalan Sumbiling leading to the BSB Police Station, Jalan Stoney, Jalan Pemancha and Jalan Residency towards Kota Batu.
In light of this, the public are urged to refrain from parking along Jalan Kianggeh leading to the Jubilee Hotel and Jalan Subok as well as Jalan Residency heading to the Arts and Craft building to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) on February 22.
Failure to comply will result in the towing of vehicles parked in the area.
However, participants and members of the public will be allowed to park in the aforementioned locations on the day of the celebration but those who wish to leave the area before the end of the event may face difficulties as the area will be blocked by other road users.
To avoid heavy traffic congestion, they are urged to either carpool or utilise the shuttle buses provided by respective agencies or at the parking area of Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah.
Invited guests totalling to approximately 7,000 individuals are encouraged to submit their RSVP’s to the Adat Istiadat Negara Department at the soonest while those not attending are urged to return their invitations to the Adat Istiadat Office.
The dress code for invited guests is Malay attire for Malay men and women, and smart attire as well as long gowns for non-Malay men and women.
Guests are urged to arrive at the venue by 7.30am as stated in the invitation.