GUWAHATI, Nov 23 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated a seminar cum exhibition on modern technologies and materials organised by the State Public Works Department on the Assam Engineering Institute playground at Chandmari here today.
Altogether 125 stalls have been set up as part of the two-day seminar cum exhibition. Six seminars on technological interventions in the construction sector will also be held during the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal stressed the need to use latest technologies in the construction of roads, bridges and buildings and expressed hope that the seminar would immensely benefit the engineers and contractors of the PWD. He said better communication leads to faster development and urged the stakeholders to use quality manpower and material along with technological expertise to create high quality infrastructure in the State. In this connection, he said that due to use of better technologies, many bridges built during British period still remain usable.
The Chief Minister called upon the PWD engineers to display their academic excellence in the field by building quality and durable infrastructure. He also urged PWD Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to take steps for setting up a skill development centre for the contractors. He also asked all stakeholders to work with commitment in greater public interest.
PWD Minister Dr Sarma said several infrastructure development projects have been implemented using latest technologies in the State during the last few years. He said many infrastructure development schemes have been taken up by increasing the budget allocation of the department. He also added that the proposed bridge connecting Guwahati with North Guwahati would be a milestone project in terms of development of communication infrastructure in the State. He urged the engineers of the department to maintain aesthetic sense while constructing buildings and give priority to local resources.