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Question Time with the Hon. Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement

Posted on :07 June 2019

In the afternoon, the House conducted question time with the Hon. Minister for Works and Human Settlement regarding the indefinite delay of Project Dantak’s widening of Trashigang-Samdrup Jongkhar highway.
Hon. Lhatu stated “As we are all aware Project Dantak has made major contributions in our country since the 1960s, mainly in the area of road construction. The people of Bhutan acknowledge the generous support.One of the major road widening projects is the 175 Kms work between Samdrup Jongkhar and Trashigang being carried out by Project Dantak which began in 2008.

Although it has been more than 11 years that the widening works began and it is acknowledged that only about 60% of road stretches are complete with blacktopping including with some fresh cuttings started. This indefinite delay has caused commuters and the public a lot of inconveniences through the decade. The progress has been invariably too slow and the public have been seeking possibilities to fast track the widening works. Recent media reports state that it may take another three years to complete the remaining 25 kms.

Therefore, the National Council would like to ask the Royal Government the following question:

Since Project Dantak is already contributing a lot to the roads sector and their capacity may be stretched causing such delays, has the RGOB considered sub-contracting some portions of the above work to the Construction Development Corporation Ltd. or private contractors to expedite the work. ”

Expressing his high regards and appreciation to the assistance rendered by the Project Dantak in the country, Hon. Minister Dorji Tshering reported that the Dantak Project has taken road construction works always as a priority and have worked very closely with MoWHS. He stressed that the progress of the construction has been prolonged due to budget constraints- the budget has not been released yet, and lack of limited human resources involved in the construction.
He said that Project Dantak will resume the widening works as soon as the budget is released and will try to complete the construction in 2 years time. Hon. Minister stated that though the widening is not sub-contracted to private contractors, blacktopping would be outsourced.
The Hon. Minister also responded to questions raised by Hon. Members from Haa and Trongsa.

On Monday the House will resume with the deliberation on Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report 2018 prepared by the Good Governance Committee.



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