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Access to the World Trade Center (WTC) will be halted for practice runs and race day of Colombo Night Races, which is to start the latter part of this week, a circular issued to all tenants by the management of the WTC said.

During practice runs on December 14 and race day on the 15th, no vehicles or people will be permitted to enter or leave the WTC premises. Free movement will only be allowed until 5 p.m., on both days.

Afterwards, movement will once again be allowed between 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. to 11:40 p.m. only.

Practices and races will commence from 6 p.m. and are scheduled to end at 2:30 a.m.

Whilst no special passes are required on practice day, following the commencement of races, no vehicles or people will be permitted to enter Bank of Ceylon Mawatha till after the end of the races.

Only pedestrians with passes will be permitted to enter the WTC after the commencement of races with access only being permitted from Sir Chittampalam Gardiner Mawatha (near the Regal Theater).

Tenants in possession of passes for the races will have access to the Public Car Park located opposite Lake House, whilst pedestrian access to the WTC will be from the rear drop off point of the building; the front entrance will remain shut on race day.

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  • Nil Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:15 AM

    This is a stupid thing and WTC is the heart of international business in Colombo. How will all staff who are doing outsourcing work for foreign companies work during this period?

    Siling Biling Wednesday, 12 December 2012 08:04 AM

    Otherwise what's the use of reducing import duty on Lamborghini.
    After all, before December 21, the end of the world, MR should let his boys to enjoy the life full. hooooooooooooooo!

    Srimal Wednesday, 12 December 2012 05:47 AM

    President's son's should punished for wasting public money for satellites, car racing etc etc. There are much more better things to do before doing those. It's not their hardly earned money, that's why they waste. When the next govt comes into power inquiries should take place about these and they should be punished for wasting our money!!

    aney Tuesday, 11 December 2012 06:21 PM

    its !! who cares of public... to hell public and business.. we have fun....

    Lanke Banda Tuesday, 11 December 2012 12:30 PM

    SPEECHLESS over this ridiculous state of affairs.

    Upul Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:32 AM

    But you know poor people are mostly watching this. Don't worry. This is Sri Lanka.

    Upu Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:31 AM

    Suggested total closure as a good safety measure.

    awkward Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:25 AM

    very very important

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:23 AM

    Just imagine how many people - mainly the tenants of WTC who pay huge amounts as rent - have to suffer this inconvenience just because the "boys" of the royal family need to have some fun at public expense. We have really got our priorities mixed up and now with the reduction in duty for racing cars, one could expect more and more of these inconveniences to the public. "Godayata Magic" - what else!

    wild Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:18 AM

    Rich boys and political boys ways of spending FREE MONEY !!
    HELL with the public !

    Ralph Anthony Kern Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:22 AM

    After all this is the Miracal of Asia. Tax Payers Money at work

    niyaz Tuesday, 11 December 2012 11:17 AM

    Power corrupts. absolute power corrupts absolutely. The time will come come when they will have to pay for this. No one stays in power forever.

    OMG Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:01 AM

    Let the party begin.

    Blue Ribbon Lokka Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:27 AM

    What a CRIMINAL WASTE of Money, How much of POOR are suffering without a proper MEAL

    Poet Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:23 AM

    I am not a fan of racing but go and see the races you'll see millions of people happily cheering and you'd be lucky bit to get stampeded.

    Black Lankan Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:37 AM

    I agree with this, and the roads arent up to GT3 car standards either, ive been on roads around WTC area not the best

    jayantha silva Tuesday, 11 December 2012 08:43 AM

    Yes, it is more important for the 'boys ' to have fun. To hell with business !

    Huna Tuesday, 11 December 2012 08:15 AM

    in the miracle of Asia, who cares if the Business are affected , the show ( the night races)must go on !!

    SpaceCab Tuesday, 11 December 2012 08:05 AM

    Hmm seriously this is really really important

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:55 AM

    If such an extravagance is taking place using public property, can we have a complete account of the money spent on this (including security) and the specific foreign exchange and profits it has earned for the public? Colombo nor Sri Lanka is not the Presidents nor his wives or sons private back garden. Such races can easily be held on the southern highway or even in Beliatta away from highly populated and commercially vibrant areas.

    PREM Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:49 AM

    WHy not declare public holidays for bothdays. Hope MR NAMAL WILL TAKE THIS MATTER wth president

    Srimal Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:47 AM

    After all this is what the country needed. "Night races"

    piyal Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:40 AM

    We have no complaints - but the races should be kept
    on proper tracks with proper safety methods
    this is like riding a bicycles on paddy fields nothing less nothing more.
    the ugliest part is our city is full of sand bags
    the spectators should be warned as eroded roads
    might give nightmares not only to the drivers but to the
    unexpected by standers

    maanal Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:30 AM

    Life's cheer with new-found political wealth!


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