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THE principal highway authority in Ceylon is the Public Works Department, a direct descendant of the Corps of Royal Engineers and responsible for some 14,000 miles of motorable roads. The Department is today continuing its long tradition for progressive
development despite handicaps imposed by a shortage of experienced local engineers. Although there are shortcomings arising from present day traffic conditions and the requirements of the Government’s post-war development programme, Ceylon’s highway system has been said to be among the finest of any Far Eastern country. When it is considered that many of the wrought iron and steel bridges, constructed in the pre-motoring era, and now requiring replacement, are at least SO and sometimes approaching
100 years old it may fairly be said that they have “earned their keep.”
H. C. Husband and K. H. Best
THE CHAIRMAN, introducing the lecturer, said it gave him very great pleasure to welcome a visitor from a great and friendly country. Norway was only a small country speaking from the point of view of the number of its nationals, but it was a great country judged by the character of its people, which was surely the way to judge the stature of a country. Welcoming the lecturer personally, and referring to his history and achievements, the Chairman said that from 1949 to 1954 Mr. Arild had acted as Assistant Chief Engineer in the Bridge Division of the Norwegian State Railways, and since 1954 he had been the Director of that Division.
HALLIWELL, Alfred, of Bolton, Lancs.
ROBERTS, John William, of Liverpool.
VORIAS, Diamantis, of Heliopolis, Egypt.