Colombo Fort, Colpetty and Slave Island Railway Stations will be Closed for the 1st time in history, for five days, along with 50 schools, with tough security measures being taken in Colombo City for the summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Police Media Spokesman Ranjith Gunasekara told Daily Mirror that the Fort Railway Station would be closed from July 30th to August 3rd, as part of the main security arrangements made with regard to the safety of the foreign dignitaries arriving in the country to attend the summit.
He said that trains on the southern coastal line bound for Colombo would end their run at Bambalapitiya Railway Station and trains from other parts of the country, including the up country,
would travel only up to Maradana Railway Station.
Train travellers are requested to use either of the above mentioned two railway stations, according to their needs, instead of the Fort station.
Meanwhile Grandpass police told Daily Mirror that a special awareness programme had been launched in the area to educate the residents on suspicious persons, vehicles and parcels.
Grandpass police had also told residents to inform police if any relatives or friends, apart from the usual family members, would be residing in their houses during this period.
Meanwhile 50 schools in Colombo City will be closed from July 26th to August 5th on account of to the summit.
By Kurulu Kariyakarawana
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