Chhukha-Damchhu high way will be completed by the end of 2015
T he hotels and business at Tsimasham will dry up with hardly any business and they will face lots of problems once the new bypass road from Chhukha-Damchu road is completed. The Member of Parliament from Bongo-Chapchha Dawa Gyaltshen questioned the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement Minister that since the people will be traveled through the new bypass road and he asked the Lyonpo to kindly shares the plans and programs of the government on how to promote and revive the business at Tsimasham and enhance the economic development of that area at the national assembly Friday.
In responding to the questioned, Lyonpo Dorji Choden said that the issues and concerned raised by MP from Bongo-Chapchha is not very new since the people of that area had great concern and it was the issue when the work was started only, because till today the ThimphuPhuentsholing high way ply through Tsimasham . There is lots of benefit and when the high way is changed, it is true that there won’t be any economic benefits.
But she added that since Tsimasham is the central place for Chukha Dzongkhag and the main activities are taking place there, which is why most of the peoples meet at the central; Lyonpo said the business of the Tsimasham will be the same.
Since the development of the country, different development activities had to be take place, so Lyonpo said that different development activities are being in placed in Dzongkhags . Anything that has to be done is with the Dzongkhags and moreover it is in the place where the population is more. She further said that in Tsimasham there is Dzongkhag Dratshang, Schools and many other institutions, so due to that the business opportunities will remain same.
While travelling through the highway, it consumes less time for the travelers, Lyonpo said that when we say about the highway there is a nation’s aims that people can travel with short distance with the less time consumption.
She further said that if the distance is made shorter then there is lots of benefit to our economic and that’s the nation’s benefits of having high way. She further shared about the highway between Thimphu-Trashigang, that similarly how much we can shorten the distance between Thimphu to Trashigang and shorten the time is also the nation’s aim of high way.
She said that when it comes to the Tsimasham, the general opportunity at Tsimasham is that Bunagu Project which is going to be started very soon after the starting of Kholongchhu project, if 180 MW of the project is started, then the business opportunities and job opportunities will be available and moreover the most important is that there will be big opportunities for the business of Tsimasham when Bunagu Projects starts.
Since the time duration taken by the ChhukhaDamchhu bypass construction is too long and could not complete the work on time, for that MP from Phuentsholing constituency, Rinzin Dorji questioned that the Chhukha-Damchhu high way was started since from 2007 and it has been past about 8 years and the high way is not being completed and he questioned to the Lyonpo about the completion of the work.
Moreover, MP from Nubi-Tangsibji said that although he had support for the shortening the distance and widening the roads as it is the nation’s aim but he asked to the Lyonpo about the time duration taking for the work. He questioned why it is taking lot of times for the completion of Chhukha-Damchhu highway although we had a new technology, he said it would be benefited if Lyonpo could explain for taking such long times to complete it.
Lyonpo said that Chhukha-Damchhu high way is concern for all and we all know that all the responsibilities are taken by project DANTAK and the construction of the roads has been started since from year 2010 and they have calculated that within three years the high way will be completed. She further said that although the high way will shorten the distance of about 20 km but still then they have not completed with the given time but our ministry has not kept it aside. Lyonpo added that it is the responsibilities of the ministry and we have been discussing with them.
She explained why the work had not able to complete on given time, after clearing a distance of 7 kms, they encountered with the big boulders and therefore they couldn’t complete the work and not only that, in between a total of three bridges has to be constructed and for the construction of the bridge they have searched for the contractors but unfortunately they didn’t get the contractors and moreover because of the problems associated while clearing the roads. Lyonpo said that is the reason why the high way is not being able to complete on give time frame.
Meanwhile, Lyonpo said that DANTAK project has aimed to complete the Chhukha-Damchhu high way by the end of 2015.