Neten Dorj | Lumang

Work is progressing. The residents on the opposite of Lumang Gewog in Trashigang will have bridge before the summer of 2023.

Once complete, these bridge will link three chiwogs in Lumang gewog.

The Neygang stream separates the gewog centre  from Wamrong Drungkhag and other three chiwogs.

A 92-feet Bailey bridge over Neygangri will connect Lumang gewog, a village that remains disconnected when the river swells in summer. Jigdrel Jigme Private Limited has been awarded the job.

Lumang Gup Sangay Gyeltshen said that three chiwogs on the other side of the stream will benefit immensely.

“It will also benefit the people of Nanong Gewog,” said the gup.

More than 300 households from three chiwogs are currently separated from the gewog centre by the streams.

“Every monsoon, we are cut off from the rest of the dzongkhag,” said a resident, Dawa Gyeltshen.

He said that heavy vehicles on the narrow road also posed a problem for other travellers.

Sangbayri-Kurichelo road is a detour for the villages. However, when the road is blocked at Neygangri, the villagers have to drive through Sangbayri-Kurichelo to avail public services.  

A resident, Ngawang Dhendup, said the upcoming bridge will immensely benefit villagers on the other side of the river.

“Otherwise, it becomes difficult for villagers to seek services from the gewog centre,” he said. “The bridge can  help us to take our vegetables to market without any disturbance.” 

Construction of the Nu 18.94  million government of India- funded bridge started in May 2022  and  is expected to be completed by March 2023.