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Thursday, 06 April 2017 - 12:51
Special traffic plan around Independence Square for the funeral of Davuldena Maha Nayaka Thero
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The funeral of the Chief Prelate of Amarapura Nikaya, Agga Maha Panditha, and most Venerable Davuldena Gnanissara Thera will be held with state honours at the Colombo Independence Square this afternoon.

The remains of the late Nayake Thera which are lying in state at the Sri Vidya Vijayaramaya on Pagoda Road Nugegoda will be escorted in a special vehicular parade.

The cortege is due to leave at 1pm. It will parade Pitakotte Junction, Athul Kotte, Parliament Road, Ayurveda Junction, Castle Street, D.S. Junction, Horton Place and Lotus Roundabout before it reaches Independence Square.

The Sri Lanka Army receives the remains at the Lotus Junction and will escort it to Independence Square along Independence Avenue.

The funeral will commence with the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Meanwhile, Police headquarters stated that a special traffic plan has been introduced around Independence Square from 1pm due to the funeral.

Accordingly, vehicular traffic entry to Independence Avenue has been restricted from Independence Roundabout and foundation Road.

Police also said that vehicular traffic entry to Independence Square will be stopped from Administrative junction.

Independence Avenue and all roads to Independence Square will also be closed from 2.30 pm.

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