The Gross National Happiness Commission secretary Sonam Wangchuk and Japan International Corporation Agency’s chief representative Yumiko Asakuma, signed an agreement for the grant aid to “Reconstruct bridges on highway I” and “support for community engagement in local governance” yesterday in Thimphu. The highway stretches from Semtokha in Thimphu until Trashigang.
The Japan government committed USD 16 million for the reconstruction of bridges on highway I in which three bridges – Chuzomsa Zam and Nikachu Zam in Wangdiphodrang and Zalamchu Zam in Trongsa will be reconstructed. USD two million was also committed for the support of community engagement in local governance.
The reconstructions will start from January 2016 and be completed by September 2017.