Mini dry port works on schedule

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.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing