The Construction Development Corporation Limited (CDCL) claims that there were no procedural lapses for the collapse of the 140 feet long Langchenphu motorable bridge of Kurtoe gewog under Lhuentse dzongkhag.
According to the Regional General Manager of CDCL under Mongar Dzongkhag, Karma Lotey in Lingmithang, they had followed the regular procedures and moreover, CDCL had constructed 15 bridges with the same quality of launching nose.
“The Langchenphu Bridge is the 16th bridge CDCL was launching which had a span of over 150 -200 feet,” said Karma Lotey.The construction of Langchenphu Bridge began last year and 90% of the works were completed. Unfortunately on 15 January, 2012 the bridge collapsed and fell into the Kurichhu River. The construction was part of the gewog’s developmental activities and it was funded by the Dzongkhag. CDCL officials or the Local government officials were therefore unaware of the budget allocated.
However the Gewog Administration officer (GAO) Dupten Tshering in an earlier interview said including developmental activities of farm roads and bridges, the total budget comes around Nu 7mn.
The incident occurred on 15 January when the CDCL people were carrying out paneling works on the bridge. After completion of the first two paneling and during the third paneling, the Langchenphu Bridge which was nearing completion, collapsed.
The CDCL Regional General Manager said that the fixed Launched Nose got old and too much stress in between during the third paneling resulted in falling of the bridge.
Since last Saturday the repair works on the bridge had started and within these four days it is expected to be completed.
The extraction of the panels from the river is completed but about 8 panels got damaged.
“The damaged panels will be replaced by CDCL,” he said.
At the moment 17 technicians and operators are on the site assembling and installing the panels. This will connect two launching noses by pinning, bolting or clamping the panels.
After the completion of Langchenphu Bridge, 85 households of Dungkhar and Chagzam village will benefit. The completion of Bridge would supplement the transportation facilities in Kurtoe gewog.
The road has almost reached the bridge and other parts of the road are also underway with ongoing construction works. The Bhutanese had first broken the story on the collapsed bridge.