Nov 05, Colombo: Police say that a special traffic plan will be in operation today in and around Battaramulla area as a massive crowd is expected to participate in the protest rally organized by the UPFA to show people's support to the new prime minister.
Police Media Spokesperson Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara said security will be beefed up in the vicinity of Parliament with Special Task Force Personnel deployed along several roads in Battaramulla.
Around 1200 police officers will be deployed to provide security in the surrounding areas of the parliament during the protest rally, the Spokesperson said. Another 300 traffic police personnel will be deployed to ensure smooth flow of vehicle movement along the alternative routes.
Traffic Police Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana said a special traffic plan will be in effect from noon as vehicular traffic will be hindered during the rally,
According to the officer, movement of vehicles at Polduwa Junction in Battaramulla will be restricted. All roads leading from and to Polduwa Junction (Parliament) will be closed off from 12 noon today.
The police request the motorists to use alternative routes.
In the vicinity of Parliament, Diyatha Uyana, Polduwa roundabout will be closed for motorists from 12 noon today.
Motorists from Malabe, Athurgiriya, Battaramulla as well as those from Pannipitya, Hokandara who are travelling to Colombo and from Colombo will be affected by the road closure and are requested to use alternative routes.
Motorists going to Colombo from Kaduwela, Athurgiriya, Malabe, Battaramulla after 12 noon are advised to turn left from Koswatta Junction or Battaramulla junction, towards the junction near the flyover, from there to head to Sri Lanka - Japan Friendship road, Kimbulawala junction, Pitta Kotte Junction, Nawala road. From Nawala Junction they can turn to Narahenpita.
Motorists from Thalawathugoda to Colombo also can enter Colombo via Narahenpita on the same route. Vehicles traveling from Borella to Thalawathugoda can also use the opposite direction of the same road, the traffic police informs.
Vehicles heading from Colombo to Malabe can proceed from Ayurveda or Welikada junction and proceed along Buthtagamuwa Road to Koswatta Junction towards Malabe. They can also use low level road towards Kaduwela.