10 May 2018: His Majesty The King graced the inauguration of the 77 km Gyalpozhing-Nganglam Highway. His Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness the Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inauguration was attended by the Prime Minister, the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, cabinet ministers, senior government officials, and members of parliament.
The highway connects Monggar to Nganglam bypassing Samdrup Jongkhar, and is expected to reduce travel time to Phuentsholing via India as a result. It will also connect to the upcoming 2640 MW Kuri-Gongri hydropower project and the Bongdeyma industrial estate in Monggar.
The project was funded by Government of India. While in Monggar, His Majesty also granted an Audience to civil servants attending the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement’s annual engineering conference in Monggar.