Three more bridges to be reconstructed under Japanese assistance
The Bhutanese ambassador to Japan V. Namgyel signed the exchange of notes for the reconstruction of bridges on primary national highway No. 1 (Wangdue-Tongsa)” with ambassador Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan on 30 March 2015.
The Government of Japan will be providing a total assistance of JPY 1,956,000,000 (One Billion Nine Hundred Fifty Six Million) for the reconstruction of three bridges on the Wangdue-Trongsa primary national highway No. 1-Chuzomsa zam, Nikachu zam and Zalamchu zam all built in the 1980’s.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi, Ambassador V. Namgyel said that an efficient and reliable road network is vital for the socio-economic development of a landlocked and mountainous country like Bhutan. The reconstruction of the three bridges is very important for the economic progress of the central and eastern Dzongkhags of Bhutan as all traffic going to these regions have to use the Wangdue-Trongsa Primary National Highway. The reconstruction of these bridges will also greatly facilitate transport of machineries for the construction of the Mangdechu Hydropower Project. The grant aid agreement will be signed tomorrow between the Gross National Happiness Commission and the JICA Bhutan Office in Thimphu.
Ambassador V. Namgyel said that the assistance for the reconstruction of the bridges was one of the outcomes of Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay’s visit to Japan last year. It is yet another important area of assistance that Japan has been extending towards Bhutan’s socio-economic progress and development. He conveyed the deep appreciation of the Government and the People of Bhutan to the Government and people of Japan for their continued friendship and support for Bhutan