Due to the excavation through Thalakotuwa gardens, the police restricted village busses (school buses) from entering the Thalakotuwa gardens, despite the court order. Due to this, children from all three School (IIGS, Asian International School & Elizabeth Moir) were forced to get off at either Baseline Road or on Siddartha Road on the Kirulapona side. They had to face great difficulties walking up and down carrying heavy bags in the morning and afternoon.
This situation created traffic congestion on the main roads. The neighbours were disturbed as well. Teachers and school staff were appointed to take care of the children who travel up and down the lane. As a result, the children reached home very late.
A group of concerned parents volunteered to help the school to solve this issue.
With this as the objective this group of parents held a gathering at Marine grand on ………… to get the support of the entire parent body for this purpose, with this parents formed Ilma Parents Association (IPA). The members of the IPA then worked closely with the transport providers, and had many discussions with them on the above matter. We as parents are thankful for the office bearers of Ilma School bus & van owners, all other stake holders who helped the parents and the school in this regard. The IPA Committee along with a team met Kirulapona police OIC and relevant officers, Traffic ASP, Mayor and Members of Parliament seeking help in this regard.
Alhamdhulillah! Eventually police granted permission for village buses to enter the Thalakotuwa Gardens. In order to avoid further traffic and smooth running of the transport, school buses were numbered. Also with the support of the school the children were gathered according to the bus numbers and sent accordingly. This was a great success. As a result now, students and the staff were able to go home early.