We don’t have problem with the budget but it is important to complete our work on time, PM.
Member of Parliament from Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang in Tsirang , MP Yogesh Tamang questioned Lyonchhen during the question and hour session in the national assembly last Tuesday stating that the importance of proper development was known to all and since 1961, Government of India (GoI) has been the major development partner.
He questioned that 546Km long Thimphu-Trashigang double lining works under implementation is also being funded by GoI. However, it has been observed that such an important project estimated to cost over Nu. 6bn and it was not included in the 11th Five Year Plan (FYP).
For that he asked Lyonchhen that is the implementation of double lining of East-West high way at the cost of other development plans and programs that are already included in the 11th FYP.
Responding to the question Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said that the construction of the East-West high way would require lots of money but there won’t be any interruption to the other development plans and programs that are already in the 11th FYP.
Lyonchhen said that there won’t be any disturbances for the development activities for the Tsirang Dzongkhag and moreover to the Kilkhorthang-Mendrelgang constituency.
He said that the EastWest high way double lining has been included in the 11th FYP and it is not that two vehicles can ply at a time but to widen to some extent. He said that three different places have been identified for the widening of the road, which are included for the 11th FYP, for instance: from Kheri - Yadi, Wangdue - Chhuzerbu and Simtokha-Wangdue are only included in the 11th FYP for road widening. He said for that purpose the amount allocated was only Nu 1.3bn.
“If 11th FYP wants to be fulfilled, then our economic activities has to be increased and through economic activities , we have to make self reliance and if the development of a community has to be made then it is very important to make Thimphu - Trashigang high way double lining. That’s what the government has decided”, said Lyonchhen.
Lyonchhen further mentioned that if that has to be made, then Kheri-Yadi road is not meant for renovation but to make it bigger and similarly Wangdue - Chhuzerbu and Simtokha-Wangdue high way was finalized to make it double lining and moreover the road in between TrongsaChhuzerbu also has to be made double lining and finalized. And the total distance is about 45Km. Lyonchhen said that double lining also needs to be done in between Trashigang -Lingmithang which is also about 138 Km and that is also being finalized.
Lyonchhen said that government had decided to add another 238km of road for double lining with the good quality.
He said that for 11th FYP for the purpose of roads Nu 1.3bn has been allocated and starting from Thimphu till Trashigang, if that has to be made with good quality then the total amount required would be Nu.6bn. Lyonchhen said that for starting of the work, Nu. 4.6bn has been finalized by Government of India (GoI) and we have already started the works but in the mean time travelers will be facing some problems.
Lyonchhen said that if Thimphu – Trashigang high way is extended then the truck today which takes about 20 hrs, but after the completion of work, they will take only about 13 to 14 hrs for the transportation. He said that naturally it will be benefited for the economic development and it will be convenient for the people of six Eastern Dzongkhags those who comes to Thimphu to do the works.
He further said that double lining of Thimphu-Trashigang high way will be benefitted to all the people and not only that but also for the hydro power sectors in the Eastern Dzongkhag. These will benefits for the ongoing Kholongchhu project and moreover it will benefit for the upcoming Rotposhong project and other project since the feasibility of the project has been done.
Lyonchhen said during 10th FYP, the total amount was only Nu.148bn and as compare to 10th FYP there is increase of 44 percent in 11th FYP. During the 11th FYP, there is 213bn. He further said that for the new development purposes, Nu.92bn has been allocated and from that total amount GoI has granted with Nu.45bn.
Out of 45bn, for the project tied assistance (PTA), a total of 86 big projects have been finalized and the work has been started and for 300 small projects and government has planned to do another 400 projects more, Lyonchhen added.
Meanwhile, Lyonchhen reminded that for the double lining of the Thimphu - Trashigang high way for the 11th FYP’s development activities, and has no problem with the budget rather it is very important to work hard to complete our work on time.