DNT to construct a bridge over Daina River
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.