Ch­hukha-Dam­chhu high way will be com­pleted by the end of 2015

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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