New bridge connects Laya

Within 10 days, a team from RBA rebuilt the new bridge connecting Laya with the rest of the country

Update: With a new bridge constructed over the Mochhu at Tongchudrak, some 381 cordycep collectors of Laya who returned home on July 9 can now leave for Gasa to attend the cordycep auction this week.

Laya gewog was totally cutoff when its only connection, Bazi zam at Tongchudrak was washed away along with five others when the Memari tsho (Lake) burst on June 28.

On His Majesty the King’s command, a team of 23 army personnel from Tencholing military centre, Wangdue were deputed to Tongchudrak to reconstruct the bridge. The bridge is more than nine hours walk from Gasa and about two and half hours walk from Laya.

Gasa dzongkhag officials said the RBA team completed with the reconstruction within 10 days. The team reached Tongchudrak on Jun 30 and on July 1 they started with the construction. On July 11 the team handed over the new wooden bridge to the dzongkhag administration, which supported the RBA team with logistic and other necessary items.

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The new bridge in Laya

The chief of hydrology division, Karma Dupchu in an earlier interview said that once the bridge at Tongchudrak is restored, an expedition team would be deputed to Laya to study the outburst.

Two other bridges, Bachi zam and Yongzhophu zam between Laya and cordycep collecting areas were also washed away. To help collectors return home safely, Laya mangmi along with few locals made a temporary bridge over the Bachichu on June 30.

Meanwhile, dzongkhag officials said other bridges that were washed away by the flood would also be restored.

Dawa Gyelmo, Wangdue

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