Thim­phu road im­prove­ment project poised to be­gin

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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.

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