Thimphu road improvement project poised to begin
Works to improve and resurface about 70 percent of the existing roads in Thimphu Thromde, which currently in bad conditions, was launched this week. The project will improve the existing roads and strengthen the road safety that forms the core road network in the capital.
Upon completion, Thimphu will have better quality roads with proper drainage system, which is the main cause for the deterioration of the road condition.
The four lots of Thimphu roads improvement project will resurface and improve 32.99 kilometre (km) of road, 9.15 km of drainage, 4.83 km of pedestrian paths, and 4,239 square meters of parking.
The project will also widen the 3.54 km of national highway from Simtokha Mani Dungkhar to Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School junction.
The project received $ 5.11 million (m) from Asian Bank Development (ADB) grant of $ 4.26 million and government contribution of $ 0.85 m.
Dasho Tshering Tobgay, the prime minister, in his address to the public said that he has been concerned on the condition of roads around the capital. He said that it would be possible to have good roads only if the public take responsibilities in taking care of the national properties.
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay also said that the government will be strictly monitoring the project. He said the quality is must and “the road will be monitored by engineers and I will personally oversee the work personally.”
Lyonchhen also reminded His Majesty’s message to the public, “Where we live must be clean, safe, organised, and beautiful, for national integrity, national pride, and for our bright future. This too is nation building.”
Thimphu Thromde expects to be an exemplary thromde in the region that is culturally vibrant, progressive, safe and liveable. Thimphu Thrompoen, Kinlay Dorjee reminded the public to work collectively. “It is our responsibility to keep the road pliable and sustainable for 10 to 15 years.”
Besides, the project will also construct new drains, new footpaths along with designated roads and strengthens the municipality’s capacity for asset management. The project also aimed at enhancing capacity of Thimphu Thromde officers for undertaking crucial road asset management.
The project is also expected to train 10 to 15 key staff in project planning, design, construction, assert management, road safety and traffic management. The project will support capacity building to awards contracts effectively and meet contact completions on time.
A total budget of Nu. 3.687 m has been allocated to Chhimi RD and Hi- Tech JV to improve the Motithang and core areas, and Nu. 55.794 m for Lungtenphu, Simtokha and Babesa ares. Nu. 45.612 has been allocated to SL and Nima construction to improve Samtenling, Chubarchu and Centenary Farmer’s market while Penjor construction received Nu. 54.794 m to improve Changangkha and Changzamtog areas.
The improvement and resurfacing project is part of a much larger project that is anticipated to take 18 months to complete from March 2017. The detailed design and estimated budget was carried out by Thimphu Thromde.
The Ministry of Works and Human Settlement ( MoWHS) in consultation with Thimphu Thromde has identified the roads stretches to be covered by the project to improve and resurface.
The improvement in pedestrian paths will be made friendly for persons with disabilities wherever possible. The implementation will be carried out by Thimphu Thromde with involvement of MoWHS in monitoring of the quality of construction.
Under the initiation of Dasho Tshering Tobgay, the Royal Government of Bhutan has received Grant of US$ 4.26 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the improvement of roads in Thimphu Thromde.