Galle Road will be diverted from the coastal stretch in Hikkaduwa with the implementation of a tourism zone, Economic Development Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said.
The diversion of the road is aimed at reducing noise pollution and giving more space for tourists to enjoy the beauty of the beach, the minister said.
He said from Wednesday the beach will be cleared of boats and only divers would be allowed to operate. He said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa would declare open the tourist zone.
Road Development Authority Director General R.W.R. Premasiri said the Galle Road would turn inwards to the mainland from the Thotagamuwa Bridge. Two flyovers will be built to ease traffic congestion near the railway crossing at Thotagamuwa and Kumara Kanda, and a new 5-km stretch of road will be asphalted.
Funeral of R.N. Choksy
The funeral of Rointun Nariman Choksy will take place today. Cortege will leave residence, No 35/1, De Fonseka Place, Colombo 5, at 2.15 pm for cremation at the General Cemetery Borella at 3.00 p.m.
Mr. Choksy was the husband of late Gillain and father of Ro, Monique and Shayne.