Three more bridges to be re­con­structed un­der Ja­panese as­sis­tance

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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

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