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DateLine Sunday, 11 May 2008





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MoU to provide scientific and technical cooperation to develop roads

The Road Development Authority (RDA) of the Ministry of Highways and Road Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) of the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways.

B. P. Kukrety, Chief General Manager, National Highways Authority, India exchanges the MoU with M. B. S. Fernando, Chairman, Road Development Authority. In the background from left R. W. R. Pemasiri, General Manager, Road Development Authority A. P. Bahadur, Chief Engineer, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, India; B. Shyam, First Secretary, High Commission, India; S. Amarasekera, Secretary, Ministry of Highways and Road Development, Richard Vokes, Country Director, Asian Development Bank and T. B. Ekanayake, Minister of Highways.

The agreement is valid for five years on an extendable basis and is a partner agency relationship, which focuses on the mutual interest in institutionalising technical and scientific cooperation in the fields of highway construction, maintenance and management of roads along with the exchange of expertise, research results and knowledge.

The keynote address was delivered by T. B. Ekanayake, Minister of Highways. Sirisena Amarasekera, Secretary, Ministry of Highways and Road Development, M. B. S. Fernando, Chairman, RDA, R. W. R. Pemasiri, General Manager, RDA along with the delegation of Indian High Commission officials, senior representatives from the Indian private sector and the NHAI and officials from the RDA and stakeholders from the road sector were also present.

Secretary, Ministry of Highways and Road Development said, “We expect that this agreement will help the two agencies to exchange various technical information and expertise.

Under this MoU, we want to look at long-term technical cooperation, where our officers would visit India and learn the planning, designing, implementation and operation techniques used there, along with opportunities to be able to work with NHAI officials to get hands on experience.

We also hope to enhance the research capabilities, with a focus on widening existing highways and more importantly, we will also carefully study and learn the way in which India has undertaken the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of expressways.”

“In comparison to Sri Lanka, India has a lot of experience especially in terms of road widening and road network development. They have done a great job in terms of innovating technology that is more appropriate for the Asian context, from the type of construction material used, the design parameters to their contract procurement system and road maintanence, so we have a lot of benefits to gather from this,” he said.


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