Omchhu bridge construction begins

A new bridge is being constructed over Omchhu at the confluence of Omchhu and Amochhu.

The bridge was supposed to be completed last year but was delayed due to change in designs.

Bhutan Builders Private Limited agreed to construct the bridge at Nu 7.53mn after Tundi Construction from Nepal and Tachog Construction started the joint venture project.

However, the two companies refused to complete the bridge. The earlier design included pile foundation and middle pier which could not be executed. Phuenstholing Thromde’s Project Manager, Anu Pradhan said that inclusion of middle pier and pile foundation could pose risk of flooding during monsoon due to obstruction of debris.

“The pile foundation constructed earlier collapsed,” said Anu Pradhan.

Works on the 46.8m double lane bridge have started after manpower and machineries were mobilized at the site.

Project site engineer, Hari Lal Thapa said that the main work will begin after monsoon as the foundation of the bridge cannot be laid right now because of the increasing river currents.

Currently, steel fabrication and mobilizing sand and gravel have begun with 40 laborers. “We are confident that the bridge will be completed on time,” he said.

Asian Development Bank funded the entire project under urban infrastructure project. The foundation of the bridge was redesigned by STUP Consultancy Services based in Kolkata and Progressive Research and Consultancy Services from Bhutan.

The bridge once complete will connect with the northern bypass, which routes along the right bank of Omchhu through the existing vegetable market. A double lane road on Omchhu’s right bank till the main road toward the vegetable market has also been completed.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing