Giant screens have been installed at several places in Colombo for fans to watch the World Cup encounter between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The match will be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Grounds in Colombo. The match is a sell out. As such Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya said that they decided to put wide screens at several locations.
The Police Chief said that they had made arrangements for the cricket fans to view the match outside the grounds. The Police have mediated in this task. Wide screens will be installed at the P.D. Sirisena grounds at Pradeepa Mawatha and at the Nawaloka Grounds in Peliyagoda. In addition he said that wide screens will also be installed at the Galle Face Green and at the Parliamentary Grounds with the contribution of the Private Sector. It is free of charge. He said these arrangements had been finalized as the tickets are sold out. He urged the cricket fans to visit these venues and view the match.
In the meantime DIG Ashoka Wijetilake said that a special traffic plan will be operative on this day. He said traffic from Maradana or Punchi Borella can proceed to Sangaraja roundabout and enter via Pradeepa Mawatha. The other route is through Baseline Road from Borella to Ingam Junction. Traffic can also enter Pradeepa Mawatha. Vehicles from Negombo can come through Peliyagoda and enter the New Bodhiraja Mawatha or Ingam Junction through the Bandaranaike Roundabout. None of these roads will be closed. However, one road will be closed. It is the road leading from Vincent Mawatha to Babapulle Mawatha, as it is specially allocated for vehicles carrying VIPs and cricketers.