Amochhu Bridge Ready Next Month

The bridge’s construction began in April 2009. DoR’s chief engineer in Phuentsholing, Dorji Wangdi, said the department is currently carrying out the decking works.

Amochu bridge is set to be the longest permanent (concrete) bridge in Bhutan. (Source: http://www.kuenselonline.com)

 

Almost nine years after the construction started, the 175-metre Amochhu bridge is expected to be completed by the end of next month, according to officials from the Department of Roads (DoR) in Phuentsholing.

Construction of the Amochhu bridge

The bridge’s construction began in April 2009. DoR’s chief engineer in Phuentsholing, Dorji Wangdi, said the department is currently carrying out the decking works.

He said that after the decking works are completed, there will be minor works to be taken care of such as painting, footpath construction and electrification works.

“Bhutan Power Corporation would also conduct the electrification works.”

He also said that Bhutanese painters would not be able to carry out the painting works considering the complex structure of the bridge.

“It would have to be tendered out and the regional office has already informed the ministry.”

The semi-through type steel arch of Amochu bridge was first scheduled to be completed in September 2011. However, it missed about five deadlines, the last being August 2017.

Two joint venture contractors were also terminated between 2009 and 2016, as they could not complete the targeted works on time.

Amochu bridge is set to be the longest permanent (concrete) bridge in Bhutan

Once completed, the bridge would be the longest permanent (concrete) bridge in the country and will link the 58km Phuentsholing-Samtse highway. The bridge connects Purbey in the Phuentsholing side and Tading gewog in Samtse.

Tading gup Jagat Bahadur Ghalley said easy access to transportation has been lost due to the delay of the bridge construction.

Advantages that the Amochu bridge will provide for villagers

“Our villagers have lost the market,” the gup said, adding that vegetables grown in villages had to be transported to Thimphu via Samtse.

The gup said that farmers were interested to grow agriculture products in Tading but the Samtse route was expensive and time-consuming. However, the completed bridge will solve this issue.

The Amochhu bridge would also connect Dorokha, Dumtey, Denchukha, Dumtey, and Haa to Phuentsholing.

 

By Rajesh Rai in Thimphu (This article has been edited for the New Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared in Kuensel.

 

 


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