New Dhamdum bridge heralds hope to communities of 10 gewogs under Samtse

Lyonpo Loknath Sharma inaugurates the new Dhamdum bridge on 19 October

STAFF REPORTER | Thimphu

The 240-feet Bailey bridge at Dhamdum suffered major damage in 2016, which called for re-construction of a permanent bridge. Without the Dhamdum bridge, ten gewogs of Samtse Dzongkhag remained cut-off during monsoon.

Finally, the re-construction of the 170-meter permanent bridge, which was financed by the Government of India under the project tied assistance in the 12 Plan period, came as a huge breather for the communities.

During the 12 Plan period, the Government of India supported numerous road and bridge construction projects including the Damdhum bridge. Under the construction and replacement of bridges, nine bridges are being taken up.

For the construction of Dhamdum bridge, the Department of Roads engaged the joint venture of M/s Rigsar Construction & Gyaltshen consultancy for design and construction of the bridge at a contract amount of Nu 141.975 million. The construction supervision contract was awarded to M/S Gayul consultancy and design.

Despite all the hurdles the construction was completed well before time. The total cost of the project is Nu: 155.679 million including design, construction supervision and price escalation.

On 19th of October, 2022 the most awaited construction of the RCC wide beam slab bridge in the country at Dhamdum river on Samtse- Tashichholing highway was inaugurated by Minister for Economic Affairs, Loknath Sharma and is now opened to traffic.

A vital lifeline, Dhamdum bridge will connect the communities of 10 gewogs under Samtse. It is a critical component of the nation’s infrastructure; and will not only facilitate travel but also enhance connectivity and diversity.

Further, with the opening of the bridge, the communities of Samtse Dzongkhag will no longer be isolated during the monsoon and marks a new chapter of social interaction. The Department of Roads thanked the GoI for the generous financial assistance for the road and bridge projects. These