Contractor rushes to finish the work in the extended time

Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

Road widening and infrastructure development work of Lhuentse town, which was scheduled to complete by January 2022, is delayed.

The work package includes the construction of footpath, streetlight, stormwater drainage, and flood protection wall besides widening and blacktopping of 2.5kms double lane town road.

The contractor, Karma, said about 80 percent of the work has been already completed so far.

He said that the flood protection wall along the Lekpagangchhu stream before reaching the dzong parking area is complete. “Only streetlight wire connection is left. The poles were already erected.”

For the footpath, Karma said only the top slab is left. “We left this to be done only after the blacktopping of the 2.5kms double lane road widening from BPC colony gate to dzong.”

He said he recently got approval for 13 imported labourers, mainly technical workers from India to execute the blacktopping work. “I am processing for their quarantine. If the labourers reach the site the blacktopping work would complete in three weeks.”

The contractor is confident the work would complete in the extended time.

Lhuentse dzongkhag administration gave a time extension of six months from the initial deadline of January 2022 until July because of the pandemic.

Karma said the work mainly got delayed due to additional work and rectification work on the damages caused during construction besides labour shortage.

Meanwhile, residents of Lhuentse, who have been complaining of the narrow, muddy and dusty road, are eagerly waiting to ply on the smooth blacktopped road as the work nears completion.

The urban infrastructures would also give facelift to the developing Phaling town.

The work is worth Nu 90M.