DIG promises minimum road disruptions

By Madura Ranwala

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Anura Senanayake told the media yesterday that the traffic plan for the CHOGM would not inconvenience road users much as 20 selected roads would be closed intermittently and only according to the time the leaders of the 53 nations arrived and departed.

All Heads of State except Prince Charles would be accommodated in four five star hotels in Colombo. They are Taj Samudra, Cinnamon Lakeside, Kingsbury and Hilton. Tintagel hotel at Rosemead Place is exclusively reserved for the Prince of Wales.

All arrangements for security, travel and accommodation for the leaders of 53 countries, expected to arrive with their delegates and foreign media, were in place about 20,000 police officers in civvies and uniform would be deployed to facilitate the event in time to come, Senior DIG Senanayake said.

A special motorcade route would be there for Prince Charles, the representative of Queen Elisabeth and there would be other motorcade routes for leaders of the other countries and their delegates.

At the media briefing held at the Department of Government Information, where police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana, DIG Traffic, Amarasiri Senaratne, Media Secretary Dr. Charitha Herath and Director General Information Ariyaratna Athugala were present, the Senior DIG explained in detail the traffic plan for the CHOGM from November 9 noon to 18 night and how the leaders of the countries, their delegates and foreign media crew would be escorted from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to their respective hotels, Nelumpokuna Theatre for the inauguration session of the event, the BMICH and Waters Edge.

Although the event would be held from Nov. 15 to 17, leaders of the countries would arrive at different times and leave on different dates within a span of nine days, he said. "The public should be made aware of the fact that the roads won’t be closed for hours on end and they won’t be confined to their homes contrary to certain claims made via SMS.

SSP Rohana said that even the newly commissioned Katunayake expressway would be closed when the heads of state used it for about 20 minutes at a time.

DIG Traffic Amarasiri Senaratne said most heads of state would arrive at night and, therefore, the public would not be affected that much.

The motorcade routes are as follows for the leaders and delegates:

From BIA to Colombo, Nov. 9-15 morning (arrival) and Nov. 16-18 (departure): BIA expressway, new Kelaniya bridge, Bandaranaike round about (RB), Orugodawatta Junction, Dematagoda junction, Borella junction, from Cemetery RB to Base line road, Kollupitiya junction, Bambalapitiya Junction, Galle Face RB, Old Parliament road, Lotus road, Bank road, Ceramic junction, Regal junction, Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha and Slave Island police roundabout.

Twenty roads that will be closed intermittently during the CHOGM are: (1) From Salve Island near Police station to Chittampalm road, Regal Junction Ceramic junction.(2) Ceramic to York street, Bank road junction. (3) Old Parliament road junction to C. T. O. Junction, Lotus road. (4) President’s road. (5) Old Parliament to Kollupitiya junction. (6) D. R. Wijewardana road, from behind Fort railway to Regal RB. (7) Kollupitiya junction to Park road, Dharmapala road. (8) Kannangara Mawatha, from F. R. Senanayake junction to Nelum Pokuna RB and Nanda Mortors junction. (9) Albert Crescent and Marks Fernando road. (10) Horton road, from Kinsey junction to Nelum Pokuna RB. (11) Nelum Pokuna junction to Nelum Pokuna Mawatha and Library junction. (12) Library junction to Ananda Kumarasuwami mawatha and Liberty junction. (13) Maitland Crescent, Maitland place, Bribery Commission office. (14) Cabridge place. (15) Thunmulla junction, Thurston road, Old JOC junction. (16) Barnes place, Kannangara Mawatha - only residents permitted. (17) Wijerama Mawatha, from Rosemead place junction to Rosemead place, Kinsey place only residents permitted. (18) Wijerama Mawatha, Horton Wijerama junction to Ward Place Wijerama junction. (19) Sri Lanka Foundation Institute road. (20) Bullers lane, from Kanatta RB to Jawatta turning junction.

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