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New traffic plan near Colombo schools from April 22

On an initiative made by Western Province Governor Azath Salley, a new traffic plan will come into effect from April 22 for schools in the Colombo city limits to ease the traffic congestion.

The programme has been initiated by the WP Governor’s Office along with the Moratuwa University, Traffic Department, Colombo Municipal Council, (CMC) and the Police.

Governor Salley held four meetings at his office with the key officials of the departments to draw up the blue print for the traffic plan.

The governor, Moratuwa University officials, Muncipal Commissioner V.K. Anura, Deputy CMC Commissioner Lalith Wickremaratne and representatives from the departments were present during the field visit on Friday morning.

All the participating departments of the new traffic plan were present except the Police Department during the field visit.

Speaking to the press following the field visit on Friday, Governor Salley said the new traffic plan would come into effect from the day of the re-opening of the schools in Colombo following the New Year school vacation.

According to the plan, the governor said, the schools vehicles will stop near the school to drop and pick up students only for three minutes to ease traffic congestion.

In its pilot programme, the traffic plan will cover schools such as Thurstan, Royal, DS, St. Peters, Muslim Ladies’ College, Bambalapitiya, Hindhu College, Ladies’ College, Ananda, Nalanda, Musaeus College and Clifton Girls’ College.

The governor said he plans to meet the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam seeking his cooperation to implement the new traffic plan in four stages.

Salley hoped to implement the same programme for schools such as the British School, Lyceum and Anula School, Nugeogoda .

The governor said President Maithripala Sirisena is keen on maintaining a traffic free Colombo city where motorists and pedestrians could do their daily work with ease and comfort.



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