Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant inaugurated 3 days 9th International Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR9) organized by Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) and hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) (ICE(I)) under the theme “Sustainable Design and Eco Technologies for Infrastructure” at Taj Resort and Convention Centre, Dona Paula.

Dr Sawant asserted that the whole world is looking at India with curiosity as India has occupied that envisaged position with the contribution of manufacturers. He said, India has given the honor to host CECAR9 for the first time. Initiatives of the Civil engineers on sharing the expertise in the civil engineering related issues in various Asian countries in specific and in the world as a whole benefits humanity. He applauded the work of ACECC towards advancement of civil engineering through its various technical commitments to promote collaborative work towards sustainable development of the infrastructure with the world wide organizations, he added.

Speaking further Dr Sawant said, Goa has a high potential due to the contribution of port, rail, road, airport and plentiful water resource, excellent lifestyle and infrastructure resources. Goa has the opportunity to shape the infrastructure in the future on a sustainable basis. We need to exploit the capacity so that we can fast track the growth to provide the platform for realizing the Prime Minister’s vision local for global. PMs Vision aims to bring together the entire relevant stakeholder under the single roof so that it highlights the progress of India, he said.

Goa has the oldest architectural structures built during the Portuguese regime. He ought valued inputs and urged the delegates to address and recommend solutions for the various issues faced by Goa being a coastal State. Rise in the sea level due to climate change and requirement of advance solution for offshore constructions are some of the issues. Goa depends on a blue economy and only if marine pollution is controlled then only tourism will sustain. We want to save the environment and inspire our resilient and sustainable infrastructure for the future generation, he said.

PVSM, VSM, ADC, Engineer-in-Chief, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, Lt Gen Harpal Singh said, knowledge shared is knowledge multiplied. This conference will benefit the infrastructure scenario in the country. After being hit by global pandemic, it’s now time for global cooperation and multilateral coordination. Skills, vision and spirit of innovation of engineers will help the country to build its future, he said.

Chairman, ICE (I), Dr S L Swamy; DR R M Vasan; Secretary General, ACECC, Udai P Singh; Shri Sagar Singh Thakur; Smt Maya Thakur were present on the occasion. Representatives of 16 Asian countries participated in this conference.

Recorded address of Speaker, Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla was also telecasted on the occasion. DR R M Vasan welcomed. Prof T R Piplani compered while Smt Maya Thakur proposed vote of thanks.


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