With the completion of Harachhu Bridge over the Punatsangchhu, people of Lawa Lamga and Rukha chiwogs in Athang, Wangduephodrang are now connected to a motorable road. The bridge reduces their travel time to two hours from seven.
Athang gup Khandu Dorji said that people from these chiwogs could now travel to the dzongkhag without much difficulty as the bridge connects the 25km farm road to the Wangdue-Tsirang Highway. “It will make it easier for people to bring goods such as ginger, garlic and fruits to sell at Wangdue market.”
The bridge connects 33 households in Lawa Lamga and 40 of Rukha Samthang chiwogs in Athang gewog with other three chiwogs and the national highway.
It will also connect a health sub-post at Migtana, Singye Namgyel Primary School, western range of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, and few households of Sergithang gewog in Tsirang.
Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck inaugurated the 60-meter span Bailey bridge across Punatsangchhu yesterday. Ambassador of India to Bhutan Jaideep Sarkar, health minister Tandin Wangchuk, economic affairs secretary Dasho Yeshi Wangdi, officials from Wangdue dzongkhag administration, Punatsangchhu II Hydroelectric Project Authority (PHPA II), and people from Athang gewog attended the inauguration.
Tarayana Foundation constructed 55 of the 73 households in Lawa Lamga and Rukha Samthang chiwogs. The Foundation also built toilets, and provided farm machinery, and seeds (vegetable and fruit) to enhance agricultural activities and improve people’s income.
The Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) constructed the bridge at a cost of Nu 49.89 million.
The bridge is funded by PHPA II as part of the Golden Mahseer Hatchery and Conservation Facility project near Harachhu. The project also includes another 24-meter span bridge over Harachhu.
The hatchery consists of four brood stock and rearing tanks, a hatchery unit, a nursing and rearing shed, a laboratory, an office and two residential buildings. The main hatchery is estimated to cost Nu 109.127 million. The hatchery project was awarded to CDCL in March 2016 and is expected to complete by August 2018. According to dzongkhag officials, the project is part of PHPA’s corporate social responsibility initiative.
Karma Cheki | Wangduephodrang