The Sunday Leader

Presidential Check on Mobility

Earlier this week President Mahinda Rajapaksa went off to the Welisara grounds to indulge in his passion for rugby, watching a good game in the company of a close friend. Returning to the Presidential abode, the friend found himself commandeered to accompany the country’s First Citizen to Tangalle, helped by his son Namal. The President wanted to check out the new highway to Matara.

One of the coaches brought in for the CHOGM meet was used and the small team left the President’s House by coach. It took the coach 30 minutes to reach the Kottawa entry point to the Southern Expressway.

Thereafter it took them just 130 minutes (2 Hrs 10 min) to reach Carlton House, the Presidential abode in Tangalle. The President was in exuberant spirit, having kept time of the journey himself. He declared that rather than creating complications, the programmes he initiated has helped the people in terms of mobility, with all its attendant benefits. In the morning he was off beach-side where he had a dip in the beautiful waters of Tangalle Bay. The return journey took the President significantly less time: 32 minutes by helicopter to Colombo. (FS)


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