RC arch bridge over Thim­chhu 46% com­plete

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Tsh­er­ing from Thim­phu

A year af­ter the con­struc­tion of the re­in­forced con­crete (RC) arch bridge, the 94m-long bridge with a 54m-span over Thim­chhu con­nect­ing Chugo Lam and Dechen Lam be­low the Royal Academy of Per­form­ing Arts is 46% com­plete.

The bridge con­struc­tion which be­gan in April 2017 is ex­pected to be over by April 2019.

Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ments Min­istry’s Chief En­gi­neer with the bridge divi­sion Karma Wangdi said the works are as per sched­ule as al­most half of the work is com­plete but mon­soon might de­lay it.

Karma Wangdi added that af­ter the com­ple­tion of the bridge, peo­ple re­sid­ing in Taba, Dechen­chol­ing and Lan­jophakha will be ben­e­fit­ing the most and it will also ease the traf­fic flow.

The con­struc­tion pe­riod of the bridge is 24 months and the bridge will also have a 1.5m pedes­trian foot­path on both sides with two lanes. The bridge has a 7m car­riage width and load­ing ca­pac­ity of 70R.

The Govern­ment of In­dia sup­ported the bridge con­struc­tion with a grant of Nu 80mn and the con­struc­tion was awarded to Con­struc­tion De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Limited.

Karma Wangdi said that due to con­struc­tion work, many com­muters will face traf­fic con­ges­tion. The chal­lenge at the mo­ment is that they do not have a dis­posal site for the sand dug out and it has to be dis­posed off at Pamt­sho.

A Taba res­i­dent, Tandin Wangchuk said that pre­vi­ously the road was small and nar­row but the new road con­struc­tion will benefit the driv­ers and ease traf­fic.

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