As Sri Lanka celebrates the Vesak festival on a grand scale this year, the Sri Lanka Police have announced a special traffic plan in the city of Colombo. The festival, which marks the birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana of Gautama Buddha, is being celebrated with renewed enthusiasm after subdued celebrations for the past four years due to the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the economic crisis.
To facilitate the people visiting the Vesak zones established in many parts of Colombo, including Bauddhaloka Mawatha and Gangaramaya Temple, the police have designated specific areas for parking vehicles. However, the members of the public are advised not to park their vehicles on the main roads, byroads, or pavements that block the movement of traffic. Those who do so will face fines and their vehicles may be removed.
With this traffic plan in place, the Sri Lanka Police aim to ensure the safety and convenience of the public during the Vesak festival celebrations in Colombo.
Parking space for Gangarama Budddha Rashmi Vesak Zone:
• Union Place – from Kompannaveediya Junction to Ibbanwala Junction
• Dharmapala Mawatha – from Hunupitiya Crossroad to F.R. Senanayake Mawatha
• F.R. Senanayake Mawatha – from Dharmapala Mawatha to Kannangara Mawatha
• Vauxaull Street
Parking space near Bauddhaloka Mawatha Vesak Zone:
• Maitland Place car park
• Independence Mawatha
• Vidya Mawatha
• Sarana Road
• R.G. Senanayake Mawatha
Parking space near Galle Face Green:
• Car park where the old Defence Ministry building