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A-9 open till 9 pm for new year movement

by Ranil Wijayapala

The Kandy-Jaffna A-9 road will be kept open for passengers till 9 p.m. today to facilitate people travelling through Muhamalai and Omanthai entry exit points for New Year celebrations, the Army said yesterday.

The A-9 road is generally open to the public from 6.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and the opening hours was extended to facilitate people to celebrate the New Year, the Army said.

However, the transport of cargo will not be allowed after 5.30 p.m. today.

Meanwhile, the LTTE has stopped entry of heavy commercial vehicles from Puliyankulan entry point on the A-9 road for two days from yesterday because of the annual auditing.

The road will be kept open for passengers without any restrictions.

According to LTTE media coordinator Daya Master the LTTE Finance Division made this announcement to facilitate the LTTE's customs annual auditing.

However, the LTTE has taken steps to clear stocks of perishable goods including vegetables, ice blocks and eggs despite the restrictions.

The LTTE has also assured the smooth transportation of newspapers during these two days, despite restrictions on heavy commercial vehicles.

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