Mumbai, Apr 6: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will celebrate its 38th foundation day at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) ground on Friday. Ahead of the party’s foundation day celebration in Mumbai, the city witnessed massive traffic jams on the arterial Western Express Highway and around the BKC ground. Party chief Amit Shah, who arrived in the city on Thursday, is likely to address nearly 3 lakh BJP workers at the event. Shah was received by BJP cadres who later organised a bike rally and brought the city’s traffic to a standstill.

In view of the BJP’s mega event, all the major roads towards Bandra and BKC are expected to be blocked. The commuters are advised to avoid the roads going towards Bandra and the BKC ground.

The Mumbai Police on Friday issued a general traffic advisory for the general commuters. The advisory read: “Traffic congestion is likely to occur on approach roads to Western Express Highway and Eastern Express Highway towards BKC. Commuters are advised to avoid SCLR (Santa Cruz Chembur Link Road), Surve Junction on LBS Road, Sion Junction, Dharavi T Junction, Hansbhugra Marg, CST Road, Nehru Road till Ambedkar Junction and Sharadadevi Road as far as possible.”

It further added that “Students appearing for exams and commuters going towards airports/railway stations may plan in advance and travel as per advisory.”

Mumbai Police’s traffic advisory for general commuters:

The event is being looked at the party’s show of strength ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party has booked as many as 28 trains, 50,000 private buses, jeeps and vehicles to bring party cadres for the mega event. The trains will reach five railway stations of Mumbai — CSMT, Kurla terminus, Bandra Terminus, Dadar and Mumbai Central. The buses are expected to enter the city through western and eastern express highway.

The event is likely to be attended by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Union ministers from Maharashtra and other BJP leaders. The event is likely to begin at around 11:30 AM.