Works on land customs station, multicellular box culvert, bridge on track

The construction of site development works of land customs station, multicellular box culvert at Bahunijhora, and the bridge at Bhalujhora in Phuentsholing are under full swing and on track.

The Department of Roads (DoR), Works and Human Settlement Ministry, has contracted the entire project which is split into three packages. The first package is the construction of the Bhalujhora bridge. The second package is to construct multicellular box culvert across Bahunijhora, and the third being the development of land customs station.

All the three packages are contracted to private contractors for 15 months beginning last year. The work on the Bhalujhora bridge started from January this year and the Construction Development Corporation Limited is handling the works. All the resources have been mobilized and the works are progressing well. The construction of three piers has already started and it’s safe to work during the monsoon.

Project manager Sonam Tobgay said the work will complete on time.

Meanwhile, M/s Bhutan Builders Private Limited is working on the development of multicellular box culvert. The works began from March this year.

The vertical stem walls are almost complete, according to the project manager. The works on gabion wall are underway and are expected to be complete on time. The Nu 99mn project is expected to be complete by May 2019. The company will also work on the maintenance of 1.2 kilometer road stretch from Bahunijhora to Pasakha. The company, however, still works on minor maintenance of the road.

Meanwhile, M/S Druk Chabchhab Private Limited and M/S Gyalcon Infra Private Limited are working on the development of the land customs station. The joint venture companies are supposed to develop the area for infrastructural development by constructing gabion stabilization works. Currently, retaining walls are being constructed and will be complete by July this year, after which reclamation works will begin.

“Since it’s not so complex, we do it,” Sonam Tobgay said. “But the reclamation work needs to follow specification. Nu 132mn project is almost 2% ahead of schedule, deploying 200 manpower at the site. The resources are also deployed more than what are required. We are hopeful to complete the work on time,” the project manager said.

The DOR will develop 3.8 acres of land for land customs station. The work on latter has been prioritized by the Thromde to take up infrastructure development works.

“Thromde in the meantime can go ahead with the designing works to save time and cost,” Sonam Tobgay said.

The entire package is 81% funded by Asian Development Bank as a grant under the South Asian Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC’s) road connectivity project and 19% funded by the government.

Meanwhile, the works on the projects resumed after a year when the former contractor was terminated for delay in the progress. The former contractor had taken the entire package as a single package. But this time the project is divided into three packages for better progress.  It took a year for the DoR to retender and restart works.

As an interim measure, the DoR has also contracted the work to M/s Rigsar Construction for two months. The company has worked to bring the structures at a safer level to save them from floods. The work started from June last year and ended on July at Nu 16mn.

Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing