The con­nec­tiv­ity of Samtse-Phuentshol­ing high­way is af­fected by Amochhu bridge

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The con­struc­tion of Samtse-Phuentshol­ing high­way has started since 2005 but it has taken long time to com­plete, dur­ing the 22nd Meet the Press ses­sion last Fri­day, Min­is­ter of works and hu­man set­tle­ment Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said that, the Samt­sePhuentshol­ing high­way is af­fected by the Amochhu bridge.

Ly­onpo said that the road as such is com­pleted till the Amochhu Bridge. For the com­ple­tion of Amochhu bridge, they had faces some prob­lems with con­struct­ing and com­plet­ing on time. Af­ter it was more or less com­pleted but due to last mon­soon did some dam­age be­cause they have not com­pleted the con­struc­tion to 100 per­cent. They had use scull fold­ing to erect those pan­els in bridge.

Ly­onpo added that scull fold­ing was shaken by the floods and one mem­ber of the scull fold­ing was fallen down and that af­fected the 100 per­cent com­ple­tion of the Amochhu Bridge.

Be­sides the prob­lems of fallen down of scull fold­ing, Ly­onpo added that they had also con­trac­tual prob­lem that the con­trac­tual pe­riod was over, there­fore they have to ter­mi­nate the con­tract.

The Depart­ment of Road ( DOR) has called peo­ple from Kolkata be­cause it’s re­ally com­ple­tion the last piece of that panel on that bridge. So now DOR will com­plete 100 per­cent of con­struc­tion of bridge, said the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo fur­ther added that, once the bridge is com­pleted, the roads from Samtse to Phuentshol­ing will be through.

Even to­day, dur­ing win­ter sea­son we can travel along the Amochhu basin but dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son we can­not travel along the basin, added the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo added that govern­ment is work­ing on bridge con­struc­tion with Amochhu recla­ma­tion pro­ject and added that they have to in­te­grated to­gether to bring roads to Phuentshol­ing town.

It re­quired huge amount of cap­i­tal Ly­onpo said that the con­struc­tion of road it­self will not be enough but they have to look at the flood pro­tec­tion mea­sures oth­er­wise we can­not have sin­gle road, it re­quired ei­ther em­bank­ment roads and mean­while, it’s just left with six km long dis­tance.

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