The tree lined stretch of Bauddhaloka Mawatha between thunmulla and Prof. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha is now open to public traffic! During the war years this stretch of road was part of a barricaded high security zone. It is still where top tiers of the Sri Lankan defence establishment have their official residences. Its a thrill to cut down the travel time going through this leafy tunnel. The road is in delicious condition. I think most people are in a state of disbelief.
The stretch of road is lined with the bright green berets (or so I’m told) of Gamunu Watch sentries. I even sported a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher set up in one of the sentry booth. Fairly light stuff if you’ve grown up knowing nothing but a country at war.
This road is not part of my regular commute so perhaps my “discovery” is old news. Still its a joy to drive down a section of road that was part of my life growing up in the nearby summit flats.
I suppose this is part of the gradual post war opening up of “closed” areas. I never realised that such a seemingly minor occurrence would have a personal impact on me. Enough to blog about it like a newbie on getting home. A nice start for 2011.
Have you had a similar experience of rediscovering a newly opened “high security zone” from your past? The comment box awaits.