The friendship of mutual trust
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. .