Ten­druk- Nor­gay­gang GC road be­hind sched­ule

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

The black­top­ping work on gewog con­nec­tiv­ity (GC) road from Ten­druk to Nor­gay­gang (Bara) gewog in Samtse is be­hind sched­ule by al­most around two years, de­spite the work be­ing sched­uled for com­ple­tion in April 2016.

The 19-km GC road black­top­ping started in 2016. A pri­vate con­struc­tion com­pany, Som­son Com­pany Pri­vate Lim­ited, is still work­ing on the Nu 30mn worth road and is sup­posed to take an­other 10 months for com­ple­tion.

Nor­gay­gang Gup Rinchen Dorji said the works are still go­ing on, but the con­trac­tor has missed the dead­line. He added that while in­quir­ing the con­trac­tor had said that the work had been de­layed due to the unavail­abil­ity of bi­tu­men which is used in black­top­ping.

“I won­der how it hap­pens. But we are hop­ing he will com­plete his work soon,” he said.

The Gup said that the gewog ad­min­is­tra­tion had also writ­ten to the higher au­thor­i­ties about the missed dead­line last year. He added that they are wor­ried about the qual­ity of work the com­pany will do dur­ing the sum­mer in the midst of heavy down­pour when the work progress is likely to be ham­pered.

“When they work dur­ing the rain, the qual­ity of the work will be un­der­mined,” he said. The Gup also said that the Depart­ment of Roads needs to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion and take ac­tion.

Mean­while, the road which con­nects the gewogs was con­structed in 2012.

The Gup said around five kilo­me­ters of the road was black­topped then by the pre­vi­ous con­struc­tion com­pany in 2015. But black­top­ping of five-kilo­me­ter road from Ten­druk to Phita Tar re­mained un­sat­is­fac­tory, ac­cord­ing to the Gup.

“I have raised the is­sue in the Dzongkhag Yar­gye Tshogdu meet­ing, but noth­ing con­crete hap­pened,” he said.

Mean­while, the con­trac­tor and the clients could not be con­tacted for in­ter­view.

De­spite the pend­ing black­top­ping works, peo­ple of Nor­gay­gang are still reap­ing the ben­e­fits of the un­paved feeder road, which has helped them to con­nect with the rest of other places in Samtse. The peo­ple of Nor­gay­gang gewog ear­lier used to take days to reach Bindu Bazaar, a bor­der town in In­dia for nec­es­sary shop­ping. In­stead they used to visit Ran­geli Bazaar in Sikkim for shop­ping with horses.

Kharka Bdr Gu­rung, 71, from Nor­gay­gang, said the vil­lagers took only a few hours to reach there and could re­turn the same day. He said that vis­it­ing Sikkim used to be eas­ier for them rather than go­ing to Ten­druk or Samtse.

“We used to go and re­turn within a day from there than vis­it­ing Samtse. But we are now happy that Bara is con­nected with a road at least,” he said.

Mean­while, the gewog has also got farm roads start­ing from the pre­vi­ous year. Around 75km of farm roads have been con­structed in the gewogs. Still four vil­lages are yet to be con­nected with roads - Gyam­pang, Sat­shamo, Kongkha and Tshachhu.

The Gup said the roads will be con­structed once the bud­get is re­leased by the gov­ern­ment. So far Nu 26mn has been spent on farm roads in the gewog.

Mean­while, Nor­gay­gang is pop­u­lar for car­damom cul­ti­va­tion.

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