In­dus­tries & vil­lages in dan­ger of be­ing cut off

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley

Res­i­dents of Pasakha and the three vil­lages of Sam­phelling gewog fear that they will be cut off from the rest of Phuentshol­ing with the re­cent par­tial col­lapse of the Bhalu­jhora bridge.

This added to the al­ready bad road con­di­tions.

The old bridge had al­ready been in a bad con­di­tion and the re­cent heavy rain­fall has dis­man­tled one por­tion of the bridge.

The con­tin­u­ous flow of heavy cur­rent from the river has eroded the base of the pil­lar weak­en­ing it.

The Depart­ment of Roads (DoR) has pro­vided a tem­po­rary mea­sure by in­stalling an iron bailey bridge over the old bridge for light ve­hi­cle move­ment. Also, they have se­cured the cracked pil­lar which let the part of the bridge fall.

Rupa Mon­gar from Burkey said that the bridge would dis­con­nect them, thus pre­vent­ing her from at­tend­ing work in sum­mer. She cur­rently works in one of the in­dus­tries in Pasakha. “It has cre­ated fear among us. We are hop­ing for timely con­struc­tion of a new bridge,” she said.

Also, cab­bies are equally con­cerned about the bridge. They ferry pas­sen­gers from Phuentshol­ing to Pasakha us­ing the bridge. “If the bridge col­lapses, we will have to sac­ri­fice our earn­ing,” said Kin­ley Gyelt­shen, a cab­bie. He said that ply­ing through the bridge with pas­sen­gers has be­come risky.

All the projects have been con­tracted to pri­vate con­trac­tors for a pe­riod of 15 months from last year. The work on the Bhalu­jhora bridge started from Jan­uary this year and multi-cel­lu­lar box cul­vert from March this year.

Mean­while, the Con­struc­tion De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited is work­ing on the bridge con­struc­tion. The re­sources are mo­bi­lized and the works are well on track. The con­struc­tion of three piers has al­ready started and is on the safe level to work dur­ing mon­soon.

The Project Man­ager, Sonam Tob­gay said the work will com­plete on time.

The par­tial col­lapse of the bridge has mostly im­pacted the In­dus­trial Es­tate of Pasakha where more than 200 heavy and light ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to these in­dus­tries ply the road daily. Cur­rently, heavy ve­hi­cles are routed through the Bhalu­jhora river avoid­ing the bridge. Only light ve­hi­cles use the bridge. DoR stopped the traf­fic move­ment last week when the bridge col­lapsed. In­dus­tries in Pasakha are wait­ing for the com­ple­tion of a new bridge. “Since the new bridge is com­ing up, we are wait­ing pa­tiently. We have noth­ing to say cur­rently. In fact, in­dus­tries are suf­fer­ing,” said Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of As­so­ci­a­tion of Bhutanese In­dus­tries Jochu Thin­ley.

Chief En­gi­neer of DoR Dorji Wangdi said the depart­ment has de­ployed an ex­ca­va­tor to clear the river for heavy ve­hi­cle move­ment across the river. He said the other bud­gets have been di­verted to main­tain the bridge and the river flow to avoid flood­ing. “The depart­ment is ex­plor­ing every pos­si­ble way to main­tain the road and the bridge,” he said.

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