The friend­ship of mu­tual trust

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The Gov­ern­ment of In­dia will be fund­ing the dou­ble lan­ing of the north­ern east west high­way con­nect­ing most of the Dzonkhags of the cen­tral and the east­ern parts of he coun­try to the cap­i­tal city. The project un­der the 11th Five Year plan will be fi­nanced by Gov­ern­ment of In­dia at a to­tal cost of Nu. 4,636.646 mil­lion. The road pro­vides not only pro­vides road con­nec­tiv­ity to many parts of the coun­try but also play a cru­cial role in pro­mot­ing bal­anced re­gional de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

The north­ern east west high­way was con­structed by Project Dantak as per the spec­i­fi­ca­tions of Bor­der Roads Or­ga­ni­za­tion and was meant to cater to sin­gle lane traf­fic with a de­sign traf­fic vol­ume of 150 ve­hi­cles per day. How­ever, since com­ple­tion of the tak­ing over of the said roads by the De­part­ments of Roads from Project Dantak in 1994, the traf­fic vol­ume on this high­way has in­creased man­i­fold mainly due to the gen­eral im­prove­ment in the so­cio- eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment sta­tus of the peo­ple and the ac­cel­er­ated de­vel­op­ment of hy­dro power projects in the coun­try. Hence the up gra­da­tion of the high­way was left nec­es­sary to the full – fledged dou­ble lane stan­dard.

The depart­ment of roads took over the widen­ing and im­prove­ment works along the high­way in the 10th FYP only at crit­i­cal stretches owing to lack of funds. How­ever given the im­por­tance of the high­way, the gov­ern- ment felt the ur­gent need to nec­es­sar­ily up­grade to the full fledged dou­ble lane stan­dard.

It has been agreed that Project Dantak will carry out the up gra­da­tion works of 52 km from Trash­gang to Yadi stretch while the re­main stretch would e car­ried out by the Depart­ment of Roads . The survey and the de­signs works for the whole stretch are in full swing. The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by De­cem­ber 2017.

The Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan has re­quested the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia for Nu. 7,284.21 mil­lion for the project and the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has agreed for Nu. 4,636.646 mil­lion for the cur­rent five year plan.

The dou­ble lan­ing has been pos­si­ble due to the gen­er­ous as­sis­tance from the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia a close and our friendly neigh­bor. The strong foun­da­tion of friend­ship laid by our vi­sion­ary mon­archs has con­trib­uted to this re­al­ity. Dur­ing the ad­dress of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia in the Con­ven­tion yes­ter­day the pres­i­dent righty re­marked that their Majesties the Fourth and Fifth Kings, has con­trib­uted im­mea­sur­ably to­wards build­ing a fruit­ful, col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween our two na­tions for the ben­e­fit of our re­spec­tive peo­ples.

So it be­comes the duty of very cit­i­zen to nur­ture ev­ery as­pect of it and en­sure its con­ti­nu­ity. So that full po­ten­tial can be re­al­ize for the ben­e­fit of both the na­tions with mu­tual trust, har­mony and brother hood. .

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