Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa recognized the best professionals in Sri Lanka's construction industry at the Mahabhimani 2013 Awards Festival held today at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
President Rajapaksa presented the awards to the outstanding carpenter, plumber, electrician, brick layer, tiller, bar bender, welder, painter, construction equipment operator, and construction equipment mechanic.
Mahabimani 2013 has been organized in order to enhance the standard of the construction industry and also to appreciate and recognize the contribution of outstanding construction craftsmen, who have proven their capabilities in producing quality end products within the given time frame to the entire satisfaction of the employers while motivating themselves to engage in their vocation.
During the Mahabhimani 2013 - National Construction Week, competitions were held at the Provincial level for all competition sectors. One person each was selected from every competitive Division from every province and included in the final competition.
Accordingly 9 winners were selected from each Province for participation in the final round. The national champion was selected from each competitive division.
Awards were presented to the Best Masonry Technician, Best Tiling Technician, Best Carpentry Technician, Best Electrical Technician, , Best Plumbing Technician, Best Bar Bending Technician, Best Painting Technician and Best Multi-skilled Technician (Handyman).
The 'Mahabhimani 2013' National Construction Week was jointly organized by the Institute for Construction, Training and Development and National Construction Association of Sri Lanka under the supervision the Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa.
The construction industry is one of the fastest growing industries in post-war Sri Lanka with a growth rate of 21.6 percent.
It is important to increase the number of contractors and technicians for the continuous growth of this sector, Minister Weerawansa said.
Senior Minister Piyasena Gamage, Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, and Secretary to the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities Wimalasiri Perera were also participated in the event.
(Photos by Nishanka de Silva)