President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin attended the 131st anniversary of the Ministry of Construction’s Public Works Department held at the Ministry of Construction in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Constitutional Tribunal Chairman U Myo Nyunt, Union Election Commission Chairman U Hla Thein, Pyithu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U T Khun Myat, Union Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Ministers from States and Regions for communication, electricity and construction, retired officers, invited guests and officials were also in attendance.
The 131st anniversary event of the Public Works Department was held on the lawn in front of the Ministry of Construction office, where the President pressed a button to unveil the 131st anniversary commemorative stone pillar.
The commemorative stone pillar with inscription was sprinkled with scented waters by the President, the Vice President, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker and Union Minister for Construction.
The President, the First Lady and entourage took commemorative photos together with event attendees.
The 131st anniversary event of the Public Works Department was continued in the Ministry of Construction meeting hall, where Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing delivered an opening speech.
The President then delivered a speech saying human beings had progressed from the stone, bronze, and iron-ages and successively strived to live under shelters to withstand the weather. From this, the skill of engineering came about and using these skills, the Ministry of Construction’s Public Works Department was established and had reached its 131st anniversary.
The Government is conducting reforms in all sectors for progress in all states and regions. This is a union where ethnic brethren live together in harmony through thick and thin. Basic infrastructures like roads and bridges need to be sound for reliable road transportation between states and regions so that trade, contact and relations are established enabling all ethnic brethren to have developments in social, education, health and economic sectors. Through this, friendship and good relations among the ethnic brethren will increase. In addition to improving the road transportation and construction of buildings for safe dwelling, the Ministry of Construction is improving rural roads continuously.
“May the Ministry of Construction be able to construct basic infrastructure required by the people such as road, bridges, houses and city development works enabling the people to have a peaceful and fruitful life”, the President said. After the President’s speech, Union Minister for U Win Khaing presented the President with a gift commemorating the 131th anniversary of the Public Works Department.
The event attendees were then shown a video of the history and work of the Ministry of Construction, the Public Works Department. Afterwards, President U Htin Kyaw, the First Lady and entourage viewed the exhibits of the 131st anniversary Public Works Department.
Next, President U Htin Kyaw, the First Lady and entourage attended the opening ceremony of the Heritage Bridge in Ministry of Construction.
At the ceremony, retired Union Minister U Khin Maung Myint and U Kyaw Lwin, retired Deputy Minister U Myint Thein and U Soe Tint cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the bridge.
President U Htin Kyaw, the First Lady and entourage together with ceremony attendees took a commemorative group photo, after which Union Minister U Win Khaing pressed a button to unveil the Heritage Bridge commemorative stone pillar. President U Htin Kyaw, First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than and Union Minister U Win Khaing then sprinkled the commemorative stone pillar with scented water.
Afterwards, President U Htin Kyaw, the First Lady and entourage crossed the Heritage Bridge. The Heritage Bridge was first constructed at Sagaing Region, Kawlin town in 1891 and was systematically disassembled and reconstructed by the Ministry of Construction as a 264 ft. long, 14 ft. wide, reinforced concrete body and RPT frame bridge, it is learnt.