Construction industry should give priority for sustainable development, says President

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(L-R): Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka; President Maithripala Sirisena; Parliamentarian Mahinda Amaraweera; and President of the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka, Susantha Liyanarachchi.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the construction industry should give priority for the sustainable development and should not neglect the responsibility to protect the environment.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the ‘CONSTRUCT 2019′ international construction exhibition, held yesterday, August 23, the President said everyone had forgotten the extent to which the development and construction sectors influence the process of environmental conservation.

President Sirisena also said that it was only in the last few years that the attention of the experts and specialists in the field began to be drawn on the importance of environment. He also emphasized that no one should neglect the responsibility of environmental protection.

The President pointed out the importance of paying attention regarding the country’s population, development background and the size of the land area when constructing highways as well as large scale buildings.

President Sirisena expressed the need for greater emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable land planning and management, raw material and resource management, environmental quality within the building premises, water management, green innovation and social and cultural coherence.

The President appreciated the excellence of the construction sector and said that the government will do what it can to solve the problems of the construction field.

The exhibition organized annually since 2001 by the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL) is held from August 23 to 25 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre.

‘CONSTRUCT 2019′, a renowned international construction exhibition in South Asia, has over 250 stalls, both locally and internationally. Exhibition stalls are held in various aspects such as Construction Engineering, Architecture, Architectural and Information Technology.

The President opened the exhibition and visited the site and had a friendly discussion with the staff. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka; Parliamentarian Mahinda Amaraweera; President of the National Construction Association of Sri Lanka, Susantha Liyanarachchi; Eng. Major Ranjith Gunathilake, Chairman of the Industrial Chamber of Commerce; President of the Asian West Pacific Construction Association, Mohammad Ali; and Alumax PLC Managing Director, Pramuk Dediwala were also present on this occasion.