Works to connect Phuentsholing-Samtse highway begin

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Works on connecting Phuentsholing-Samtse highway began last month. The work is awarded to Chimi RD Constructions Private Limited and Shivam, an Indian contractor under Joint venture project in May.  Currently, the unpaved road along Amochhu river bank is used by the travellers.

The contractor is mobilizing resources and constructing the camps. They will start works after mobilization works are completed. The major civil works will begin from next month. 

The 3.359km road will be constructed along the Phuentsholing Township Development Project’s site and Phuentsholing Thromde’s boundary from roundabout at Youth Development Fund building till Chamkuna.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed Nu 306mn loan through South Asian Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) under Transport, Trade Facilitation and Logistics Project. It will take two and half years to complete according to the Project Manager, Jambay Wangchuk from Department of Roads (DOR). DOR is the executing agency for the project.

The entire stretch of road will be constructed using embankment walls at both the sides filled with sediments of approximately at three meters high which is why it will take more than two years to complete. There will be crash barriers along both sides of the road for the safety. It will require around 0.3mn m3 of materials to fill up to elevate the road. There will be four multi-cellular culvert bridges along the road, one each of 10 and 20 meters high and two 30 meters high bridges. Also there will be eight culverts along the stretch. “Since the road will be built on embankment walls and bridges and culverts are to be constructed, it will take longer time,” he said. 

The two lane highway once complete will ease the traveling nightmares for the travellers to Samtse. While the completed highway from the Amochhu Bridge is complete, the road from Chamkuna till the bridge is yet to be blacktopped.

Works to maintain the road till the bridge which includes blacktopping and other permanent structures are in the pipeline according to the Project Manager.    

Until the road and the PDTP are complete, the current road along the Amochhu riverbanks will be tough to ply for travelers. “The new road will be a big achievement for the travelers if complete as the current road is horrible,” a traveller from Samtse to Phuentsholing said.

The road once complete will also help the villagers of Logchina and Phuentsholing Gewogs.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing

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