It is peak hour in Colombo when children get to school and back.
Every morning and afternoon, there is this familiar scene in most parts of Colombo. No, it’s not that there is too much traffic in the city that the onward march grinds to a halt — it’s just school traffic. From around 6.30 a.m. to around 8 a.m., and beginning from around past noon to around 2 p.m., the roads of Colombo are chocked. This, not counting the office traffic that streams into the city around 9 a.m., and deserts by around 5 p.m..
The reason for such heavy traffic is that a majority of parents drop off their children at school and pick them up too. It all began during the war years, and despite peace returning these things haven’t changed.
However, economics seems to be in charge now. There are more minivans on the road — a sign that more children are being sent from home in a kind-of public transport — and with the economy poised for a few knocks later this year, this might just be the way to go.