Matara readies itself for stately Victory Day celebrations

Matara readies itself for stately Victory Day celebrations

Matara readies itself for stately Victory Day celebrations

Written by Bella Dalima

17 May, 2014 | 10:47 pm

The Victory Day celebrations are due to be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa along the coastal belt of Matara on Sunday. Police says that the public should be at the Sanath Jayasuriya Stadium, in Matara before 6.30 a.m. tomorrow to witness the celebrations.

Meanwhile, final rehearsals for the Victory Day Parade was held this morning.

The final rehearsal which was held on the Matara coastal belt on Saturday morning was inspected by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order Major General Nanda Mallawarachchi, Chief of Defence Staff Lt. Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya, Commanders of the Three-armed Forces, Inspector General of Police as well as the Director General of the Civil Security Department attended the rehearsals on Saturday.

Over 7000 personnel of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and Civil Defence force are to participate in the Victory Day Parade on Sunday. The Sri Lanka Army says that the parade will be lined up in three categories.

The platoons will be lined up according to the East, Wanni and Northern fronts. The Police said that the parade will proceed from Brownshill along the coast of Matara to the Uyanwatta Stadium via the Matara Town.

One hundred and sixteen (116) armoured vehicles of the Sri Lanka Armed forces will be included in the parade. Furthermore, over 30 small and large vessels of the Sri Lanka Navy will sail off the coast of Matara.

Over thirty aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force are also scheduled to take flight in the parade. Meanwhile, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said that a special traffic plan will be implemented in the Matara town from 4 a.m. tomorrow until the conclusion of the Victory Day parade.

The police requests commuters to use alternative routes as the traffic plan has been implemented for vehicles travelling to Colombo via the Matara Town and vehicles travelling to Hambantota.

The police added that the Matara main bus stand will be temporarily shifted to Isadeen town on Saturday and Sunday.




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