Mini dry port works on sched­ule

Business Bhutan - - Money - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

The con­struc­tion of a mini dry port in Phuentshol­ing will be com­plete as sched­uled go­ing by the cur­rent sta­tus of the work pro­gress­ing at the site.

M/S Marushin Shi­taka, a Ja­pan based pri­vate con­struc­tion com­pany that started the work from Septem­ber last year, has so far com­pleted 15.64% of the to­tal work in five months.

Project man­ager Phub Tsh­er­ing said the work will now progress faster as the erec­tion of steel struc­ture ware­houses does not take much time.

“By Fe­bru­ary end we will com­plete 80% of the work on the steel struc­tures,” he said.

The com­pany has also started works on fab­ri­cat­ing iron bars for the ware­houses. Once fab­ri­ca­tion com­pletes, the project man­ager said it would take less time to erect and in­stall the roof­ing.

Mean­while, the works for the bound­ary walls, two sto­ried ad­min­is­tra­tive and ser­vice build­ings, and ware­houses for stor­ing dif­fer­ent prod­ucts have also started. The con­struc­tion of in­roads, weigh­bridge, truck scan­ner fa­cil­i­ties and se­cu­rity staffs in­clud­ing two gates will also start soon. Al­to­gether the dry port will house 17 fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing pub­lic toi­lets and se­cu­rity quar­ters.

The project man­ager said the two build­ings (ad­min­is­tra­tive and ser­vice build­ings) are de­signed in a way so that they can be up­graded to four sto­ried build­ings in the fu­ture.

“The com­pany uses mostly mech­a­nized meth­ods and these have added to the progress of the work. We are very much on sched­ule. In fact, we are ahead,” Phub Tsh­er­ing said, adding that the project is ahead of sched­ule by 56 days.

He added that the use of mech­a­nized tools un­like by other com­pa­nies has es­ca­lated the work progress.

The com­pany is also con­fi­dent to com­plete the project with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the qual­ity of the work. They have also es­tab­lished qual­ity test­ing lab­o­ra­tory with the machines within the site to check the qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als be­ing used. More than 10 machines are in­stalled in­side the site.

“We are equally con­cerned with the qual­ity and we as­sure that the best qual­ity ma­te­ri­als are be­ing used,” Phub Tsh­er­ing said.

Mean­while, the dry port will be spread over 5.5 acres of land in­side the Phuentshol­ing Thromde. The Asian Devel­op­ment Bank un­der South Asia Sub-re­gional Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (SASEC) for Road Con­nec­tiv­ity Project has funded the project worth Nu 134.854mn.

The dry port will con­nect to the sec­ond gate near Bahu Bazaar to de­con­gest the core town area and all heavy ve­hi­cles need­ing cus­toms clear­ing works will pass through the gate to reach the dry port. Then the ve­hi­cle will be di­verted via the north­ern by­pass road, an­other com­po­nent of SASEC’s Road Con­nec­tiv­ity Project which is un­der con­struc­tion by the same com­pany. The north­ern by­pass road will then con­nect to the first turn­ing of the Throm above the Phuentshol­ing Mid­dle Sec­ondary School.

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