GC roads con­di­tion is good: Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Rinzin Lhamo

The ge­wog cen­tre roads qual­ity across the coun­try is good in gen­eral.

That was what the Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment, Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said dur­ing the 29th meet the press held on 3 Fe­bru­ary.

“There are few is­sues on the poor qual­ity of the road and con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing is be­ing car­ried out,” Ly­onpo said.

Pre­sent­ing the cur­rent sta­tus, Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said that con­struc­tion of 23 Ge­wog Con­nec­tiv­ity (GC) roads have been com­pleted, while 24 GC roads are be­ing black­topped.

Im­prove­ment works are also be­ing car­ried out in 45 GC roads to­day. Four roads are be­ing funded by dif­fer­ent sources and nine new roads are also un­der con­struc­tion.

How­ever, Lu­nana, Soed, and Lingzhi do not have the GC roads at present, Ly­onpo said.

Mean­while, Ly­onchen Tsh­er­ing Tobgay also up­dated about roads de­vel­op­ment. Ly­onchen said 114 GC roads that stretch about 1,000 km re­quire black­top­ping.

“It costs Nu. 3.65 bil­lion,” Ly­onchen said. “Most of them are funded by the gov­ern­ment of In­dia.”

There are 84 pack­ages, Ly­onchen said, adding it cre­ates op­por­tu­nity for the con­trac­tors.

Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said black­top­ping is the last stage of work. Im­prove­ment works like drainage, sub bases, align­ments took more time than black­top­ping, she ex­plained.

“When we are black­top­ping 1,000 km of road, I sup­pose small prob­lem will def­i­nitely be there,” Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said.

There are also fac­tors that con­trib­ute to de­te­ri­o­rat­ing road con­di­tions. Trans­port­ing of wet sand from Pu­natsangchhu to­wards Thim­phu af­fected the road con­di­tion lead­ing to pot­holes.

“We need to take care of the road af­ter the con­struc­tion and black­top­ping,” the min­is­ter said, point­ing out cost would in­crease to in­crease the thick­ness of black­top­ping.

“To­day we are spend­ing al­most three mil­lion per km for black­top­ping and even that is in­suf­fi­cient if we have to put in good drainage sys­tem.”

Coun­try’s eco­nomic sta­tus and chal­leng­ing site lo­ca­tions also con­trib­ute to the qual­ity. Right tem­per­a­ture, good cli­matic con­di­tion, and a good site are re­quired for a bet­ter black­top­ping of a road, Ly­onpo said.

The Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment Min­is­ter Dorji Cho­den high­lighted that if the base course of the road is done prop­erly along with proper in­stal­la­tion of drainage along the road, 25mm of black­top­ping will be enough.

Mean­while, Ly­onchen Tsh­er­ing Tobgay fur­ther said GC roads are pri­mar­ily con­structed for the ge­wog ad­min­is­tra­tion and the peo­ple.

“If ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing quar­ries and logs travel in that road, it will be de­stroyed within a month,” he said.

“The road is meant for ru­ral traf­fic and not for in­dus­trial traf­fic where truck car­ries sand, min­er­als and logs.”

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