Bhutan and Ja­pan signed the ex­change notes for the project re­place­ment

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Now the peo­ple of Mon­gar Geog un­der Mon­gar Dzongkhag will have ex­cess to bet­ter ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties and the peo­ple of Athang Geog un­der Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag will have no wor­ries about the bridge.

This was due to the sign­ing of the ex­change of notes for the project of re­place­ment of am­bu­lances phase II grant con­tracts for the project on the ren­o­va­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels in Mon­gar Geog un­der Mon­gar Dzongkhag and the project for the con­struc­tion of a bridge in Athang Geog un­der Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag.

Am­bas­sador V. Nam­gyel signed the ex­change of notes for the project re­place­ment of am­bu­lances Phase II, grant con­tracts for the project with Am­bas­sador Takeshi Yagi, am­bas­sador of Ja­pan to Bhutan at the Ja­panese Em­bassy in New Delhi on 18th March 2015.

With this, a to­tal as­sis­tance of Ja­panese Yen (JPY) 193.15mn will be pro­vided for re­place­ment of am­bu­lances, ren­o­va­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels in Mon­gar Geog un­der Mon­gar Dzongkhag and for the Con­struc­tion of a Bridge in Athang Geog un­der Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease which was re­leased by the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fair states that the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan would pro­vide a to­tal as­sis­tance of JPY 172mn for re­place­ment of am­bu­lances Phase II, JPY 10.69mn for the ren­o­va­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels in Mon­gar Geog un­der Mon­gar and JPY 10.46mn for the con­struc­tion of a bridge in Athang Geog un­der Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag.

The Bhutanese am­bas­sador speak­ing at the sign­ing cer­e­mony held at the Ja­panese Em­bassy in New Delhi said that the re­place­ment of the 20 am­bu­lances will ben­e­fit 18 health fa­cil­i­ties which in­clude hos­pi­tals, BHU-I and BHU-II spread across the coun­try in pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient emer­gency pa­tient trans­port ser­vices.

While, the as­sis­tance for the ren­o­va­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nel in Mon­gar Geog un­der Mon­gar Dzongkhag will ben­e­fit about 1,000 peo­ple of Wengkhar, Ki­likhar and Mon­gar vil­lages through con­ser­va­tion of tra­di­tional rice va­ri­eties en­hance in­come of the vil­lagers and con­serve ter­raced paddy field, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

Since our coun­try is rich with peren­nial river, the press re­lease says that, bridges in Bhutan are very im­por­tant for con­nec­tiv­ity and en­hance­ment of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the moun­tain­ous ter­rain.

The press re­lease fur­ther states that, the as­sis­tance for the con­struc­tion of a bridge at Dickchhu in Athang Geog un­der Wang­duepho­drang Dzongkhag will ben­e­fit 10 vil­lages con­sist­ing of 90 house­holds. The bridge will fa­cil­i­tate con­nec­tiv­ity and en­hance trans­porta­tion by link­ing po­ten­tial pro­duc­tion ar­eas to the mar­ket through the con­struc­tion of the mo­torable bridge, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

Am­bas­sador V. Nam­gyel said that the projects are yet an­other tes­ti­mony of the long­stand­ing ex­cel­lent friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries and con­veyed the deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Bhutan to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ja­pan for their con­tin­ued gen­er­ous as­sis­tance.

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