Ly­onch­hen in­au­gu­rates first two Bhutanese built bridges

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay in­au­gu­rated two bridges in Hejo and Dechen­chol­ing re­spec­tively on last Fri­day. The con­struc­tion of two bridges is built en­tirely by Bhutanese work­ers, start­ing from en­gi­neers to man­ual work­ers em­ployed by the Con­struc­tion De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion Ltd. (CDCL), which have not in­volved any ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers. About 85 Bhutanese peo­ple, in­clud­ing en­gi­neers were in­volved in the con­struc­tion of the two bridges.

The 30-me­tre Dechen- chol­ing bridge is built at a cost of Nu. 45.580 Mil­lion. And the bridge is pre-stressed con­crete, one that is built with con­crete beams and floor. The 40me­tre Hejo bridge is built at a cost of Nu. 48.855 Mil­liom. The bridge type of Hejo is a plate girder with RCC (re­in­forced ce- ment con­creted) deck, which means that it will be a steel struc­ture with con­crete deck. Both the dou­ble lane bridges with a 70 met­ric tonne ca­pac­ity were com­pleted on time in 14 months and within the es­ti­mated cost.

Ly­onch­hen thanked the gov­ern­ment of In­dia (GoI) for fund­ing the con­struc­tion of two bridges and said, “It is a proud mo­ment for all Bhutanese since these bridges were de­signed and con­structed by the lo­cals mostly youths us­ing lo­cally pro­duced con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als”. Both the dou­ble lane bridges with a 70 met­ric tonne ca­pac­ity are funded by the gov­ern­ment of In­dia (GoI).

A to­tal of 81 Bhutanese youth were in­volved in con­struct­ing the two bridges and to ac­knowl­edge the hard work, Ly­onchen awarded cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to those in­volved in the con­struc­tion. Ly­onch­hen and the guests also took part in plant­ing of 108 trees nearby the bridges. Tsugla Lopen Samten Dorji from Zhung Drat­sang, Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den, Min­istry of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment, Am­bas­sador Jaideep Sarkar, Em­bassy of In­dia, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and pub­lic of Hejo and Dechen­chol­ing were also pre­sented in the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion.

The man­ual work­ers were paid Nu.250 per day for two months af­ter which they were reg­u­lar­ized and paid Nu.14000 a month. The work­ers were also pro­vided group in­sur­ance as per the Labour Act 2007. The bridges are unique as it in­volved purely Bhutanese man­power; took up such projects in­de­pen­dently by Bhutanese.

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