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