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State Ministry of Rural Roads receives UN award

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The State Ministry of Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure has been awarded the UNV 50 Award by the United Nations for its volunteering contribution to the world community and its positive social impact.

Secretary Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake received the award on behalf of the State Ministry, at the Galle Face Hotel recently.

The United Nations has appreciated the work of State Ministry due to the high level of benefits obtained by the rural population through its development projects throughout Sri Lanka.

The State Ministry’s projects on road reconstruction and improvement, construction and improvement of rural bridges, tree planting, mobile application ‘Maga depasa thuru sevena’ and bridge design competition were commended. These programmes are being implemented under the guidance of State Minister of Rural Roads and Other Infrastructure Nimal Lanza.

Road rehabilitation and improvement are being carried out in rural areas islandwide, providing a high level of access for transportation of agricultural and other products throughout the country using the National Highway System. This project is currently being implemented in 14,022 grama niladhari divisions in Sri Lanka.

It is expected to improve connectivity by road in rural areas throughout the country so that agricultural and other products could be transported using the National Highway System. Also, the target of constructing 5,000 bridges within four years to facilitate the daily activities of the people is to be achieved.

Accordingly, a programme to plant two million saplings has been commenced in the implementation of development programmes carried out by the Ministry. The target is to plant more than two million saplings on roadsides and in public places by 2025. Also, for the success of this, a mobile application has been introduced under the theme ‘Maga depasa thuru sevena Surakumata parisarya’. (The aim is to protect the environment in the implementation of development plans.)

A platform has been set up for all stakeholders in the implementation of the rural bridges programme to share knowledge and discuss the technical challenges of the programme. It is expected to enhance the technical capacity of the stakeholders. Resource persons share knowledge on the construction process and other technical challenges.

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