Second expressway under construction

Formation cutting of the one-kilometer second expressway near Druk School.

The construction of the second expressway along the Wangchhu from Druk School, Chanbangdu till Debsi has begun.

According to Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee, the works started a year back and formation cutting of more than one kilometer has been completed.

The expressway starts from near Druk School which is connected to Changbangdu.

“Now we are going to start the permanent works like blacktopping, construction of drainage system, footpath and retaining wall which will be tendered,” said Kinlay Dorjee.

The Government of India has funded Nu 50mn for the construction of one kilometer of road.

The expressway will be 10-m wide and four-km long. It will be connected to the current expressway from the Debsi Bailey Bridge.

Thimphu Thrompon said that budget for the remaining three kilometers will be proposed in the 12th Five Year Plan.

“Within next year, the formation cutting of three kilometers of road will start departmentally.”

The total budget estimate for the three kilometers of expressway is Nu 150mn. A connecting bridge costing Nu 40mn will be also constructed.

Kinlay Dorjee said the second expressway will benefit both vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

“It will ease the traffic and since we will have footpath, people will be able to walk from the other side of the river and even go jogging,” he said adding that the view of the other side of the city will be “spectacular”.

The second expressway is also expected to make facility like cycling available.

Dechen Dolkar from Thimphu