DNT to con­struct a bridge over Daina River

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Nor­bugang, Samtse

In its re­cent po­lit­i­cal cam­paign in Samtse, Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) promised a bridge over the Daina River which is ex­pected to ben­e­fit more than 200 house­holds.

DNT pres­i­dent Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing dur­ing his visit to the dzongkhag met with the peo­ple of Phuentshopelri- Samtse con­stituency where he made the prom­ise.

So far, peo­ple have been us­ing a sus­pen­sion bridge to cross the river dur­ing mon­soon. The vil­lagers have been fac­ing prob­lems to trans­port their goods to and from their vil­lages. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said that the con­cern has been iden­ti­fied by the party as gen­uine and if it comes to power, con­struc­tion of the bridge will be pri­or­i­tized. “We un­der­stand the prob­lem and we will ex­e­cute the work,” he said to the peo­ple of Kir­ney.

The vil­lages were con­nected with the farm roads a few years back but have re­mained closed dur­ing sum­mer with­out a bridge. The vil­lagers say that all the vil­lages pro­duce good agri­cul­tural prod­ucts like car­damom, areca nut, oranges and veg­eta­bles.

The Pres­i­dent said that bridges are con­sid­ered im­por­tant as they con­nect vil­lages which might have lower qual­ity roads. “We can use un­paved road if there is bridge, but with­out bridge, those paved roads re­main use­less for the farm­ers,” he said.

The vil­lages lie be­tween two rivers, Deepu and Daina where they re­main dis­con­nected dur­ing sum­mer. They use sus­pen­sion bridge to trans­port goods.

“We are happy with the news which we have been wait­ing for so long. Now we can reach our things at our houses,” said Khem Raj Gu­rung from Kir­ney vil­lage. He said that more than 10 farm­ers own ve­hi­cles which are parked at the Daina River and Nor­bugang (Cheng­mari). Some peo­ple drive their ve­hi­cles till the sus­pen­sion bridge.

While the vil­lages are con­nected with sus­pen­sion bridge across the Daina bridge, there is no bridge over the Deepu River. “If a bridge comes, there will be more vil­lagers buy­ing more ve­hi­cles,” said Kul Bdr. Ghal­ley, an­other vil­lager.

Also, the road would help the vil­lagers dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

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