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For want of a bridge


Mar 29, 2011

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The Monsoon is fast approaching and farmers in Tsirang Toe, Sergithang and Phuentenchhu Geogs under Tsirang district are worried. The bridge over the Changchey River has been damaged by the Monsoon last year. The bridge connects the three geogs to Damphu, the nearest town and the rest of the country. Without the bridge, they would be left stranded in their villages. And so far there has been no sight of the bridge.

The river is shallow at the moment. Vehicles can cross the river in some places. The farmers can still come to Damphu, sell their farm produce, do their shopping and go back home. But soon, it will swell fed by the Monsoon rains.

Karma Wangdi Sherpa, a driver, said “I don’t know how we can cross the river without the bridge. Even now, though the river is shallow, it is difficult to cross.”

Lok Nath Adhakari, a farmer from Phuentenchhu geog, said “without the bridge, I don’t know how we can commute. Even the road is bad. It is difficult to travel if there is a slight rain.”

Karma, a farmer from Tsirang Toe, said “we have to buy everything from the Damphu market. Reconstructing the bridge is the only answer.”

The Dzongkhag administration says they are planning to relocate the bridge. Officials said the current location is not stable and they have proposed a new site for the bridge. There are also plans to realign the farm road by constructing a 2.5 kilometer road through Shamjong geog. A new bridge for Shamjong geog is also in the pipeline.

The Dzongkhag administration says the construction work on the bridge will start soon but it is not definite when it will start.

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