Monday, February 2, 2009
Special Traffic Plans for Independence Day Celebrations and "Dayata Kirula"
The Independence Day revels will be held in a glamorous and spectacular manner as per usual stated Senior DIG Nimal Mediwake at a press conference held at the MCNS premises today (02). At a time when the LTTE terrorists are pain huge defeats in the north it is evident that they will try to disrupt the Independence Day proceedings. all through the past few days the Police the length of with the Tri-Forces uncovered many claymore mines suicide jackets etc from Colombo and its outer edge thus making it essential to provide utmost security for the Independence Day proceedings.
The 61st Independence Day revels will be held at the Galle Face Terrace and the Police along with the Tri-Forces have devised a traffic plan to provide utmost security. The area beginning from Ceramic Junction, From Colpetty Junction and from the Army head office in Slave island will be closed on the 3rd and 4th of February and only the relevant vehicles will be admitted after a thorough examination.
so the following roads will be closed throughout the 3rd and 4th of February in lieu of the Independence Day Celebrations.
Bambalapitiya connection to Fort
Abdul Gafoor Mawatha to Galle road Junction Colpetty Junction
Red Cross Round about
Liberty Round about
Park Street/ Dharmapala Mawatha Junction
Zoysa Round about
Deans Road/ Vidyalankara Mawatha Junction
Fire Brigade Junction
Darley Road/ Forbes Road Junction
Junction Bridge to Darley Road
Kahn Round about
Persons wishing to go into Fort via the Galle Road can come through Bambalapitiya, Bullers Road, Thunmulla Junction, Thurstan Road, J.O.C Round about, Cambridge Place, Albert Cresant, Horton Round about, Kannangara Mawatha, Lipton Round about, Deans Road, Seamonds Junction, Junction Bridge, Maradana Road, Technical Junction and Olcott Mawatha to Pettah
Persons wishing to travel from Pettah to Galle Road can use Olcott Mawatha, Technical Junction, Maradana Road, Junction Bridge, Seamonds Junction, Deans Road, Lipton Round about, Kannangara Mawatha, Nandana Mortors Junction, Independence Avenue, Reid Mawatha, Thunmulla Junction, Bullers Road, and Bambalapitiya Junction to Galle Road.
Senior DIG stated that those who live in in these closed areas will be allowable to travel while other vehicles would have to use the exchange routes given in the diagram. He also affirmed that taking to account of the incidents that occurred last year the educate service from Bambalapitiya Railway station to Maradana Railway station will be for the time being halted from 12.00 midnight today. This will last only during the 3rd and 4th of February. He also stated that passengers travelling from Maradana to Bambalapitiya and from Bambalapitiya to Maradana via the train will be stopped at the respective Railway position and then be provided with a ship service. The traveler fare paid for the train journey will be valid for the ferry service as well he further avowed. This will last awaiting around 4.00pm in the dusk on the Independence Day.
The Dayata Kirula Exhibition will be held from the 4th to the 8th of February 2009 at the BMICH. A special security plan has been adopted for this as well affirmed Senior DIG Nimal Mediwake. Accordingly the following Accordingly the following roads will be closed from the 4th to the 8th of February in leiu of the "Dayata Kirula" display.
Kanatta Junction to Bullers Road
Gregory's Road to Gregory's Avenue
Gregory's Road to wijerama Mawatha
Maitland Place to Viddya Mawatha
Public Administration Junction to Bullers Road
Bullers Lane to Bullers Road
Torrington Avenue to Bullers Road
Malalasekera Mawatha / Sarana Road Junction
No right turn from Jawatta Road to Bullers Road
He additional clarified that around 4000 Police workers have been deployed for safety measures for the Independence Day celebrations and around 600 Police personnel have been deployed for the security of the "Dayata Kirula" Exhibition. Apart from them a big number of Army personnel have also been deployed to maintain the security of the city throughout the period. Meanwhile the Air Force will protect the air space above the city while the naval troops will be patrolling the Sea line, Beira Lake and the Diyawanna Oya to provide greatest security for the time.
DIG (Colombo) Dinapala Herath Police Spokesman S.S.P Ranjith Gunasekera and Colombo traffic Director S.S.P V.T Sundaralingam were also there at this push meeting.
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