Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:19

Construction, environment protection should go hand in hand: President

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Given the geographical location of the country, its environmental resources and increasing population, a factor which should engage our attention is how long we can use our natural resources for the construction industry.

Therefore, we should gear ourselves to win the construction war while protecting the environment, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

He was speaking at the National Construction Awards Ceremony held at the BMICH, Colombo on December 19 afternoon.

President Sirisena who pointed out that the use of sand, granite, stones and cement in the construction sector had reduced to a bare minimum in the development world, added that we too should carefully step in towards that technology.

He said the use of sea sand in construction work was nothing new, although we were reluctant to use it due to the lack of knowledge and experience in its use.

He said the construction sector, environment and the country's economic development were intertwined and we should dedicate ourselves to rebuild the country on the basis of our proud history dating back to several thousand years, instead of trying to make it another Singapore or Japan.

He said the opportunity has now been created in the country for everyone in the construction sector to pursue their industry or vocation freely and peacefully.

The national policy in construction was presented to President Sirisena by Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa during the ceremony.

President Sirisena also gave away the Construction Excellence Awards.

The award winners also handed over to the President a special donation towards a new housing project. (Daily News)

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