His Majesty The King inaugurated the 152-metre-long Panbang Bridge in Zhemgang on 10th April 2014.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and attended by the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, senior government officials, elected representatives, dzongkhag and dungkhag officials, and thousands of villagers from the neighbouring villages.
His Majesty said to the people that while the construction of such a bridge was an achievement, the real objective would be realized when it starts bringing greater prosperity to the people through connectivity, and meeting the aspirations of the people.
The bridge lies on the Gomphu-Panbang highway, connecting many villages in Goshing, Phangkhar, Ngangla, and Bjoka gewogs to the rest of the country. The steel arch bridge, which is currently the longest in Bhutan, was constructed with financial support from the Government of India.
His Majesty The King, accompanied by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, visited Samtse, Gomtu, Lhamoizhingkha, and Gelephu during the ongoing Royal Tour to the southern dzongkhags before arriving in Panbang.
His Majesty visited Tendruk in Samtse on March 31, and granted audiences to students, teachers, and armed force personnel at Sipsoo and Tendruk. The people from the neighbouring villages offered Tshogchang to welcome Their Majesties to their villages.
Their Majesties also visited the Samtse Dratshang, where His Majesty granted an audience to the monks residing there.
On April 2, His Majesty granted audiences to the students and teachers of Gomtu Middle Secondary School in Gomtu.
His Majesty The King visited Lhamoizhingkha Higher Secondary School on April 3, and travelled on foot from Lhamoizhingkha to Phibsoo to inspect the bordering areas. His Majesty granted audiences to the Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary personnel and to a group of De-Suups who are on a familiarization tour of the southern border, aided by the RBA.
His Majesty visited Kuendrup Higher Secondary School in Gelephu on April 5, and granted audiences to the students and teachers there, as well as to armed force personnel and dzongkhag officials.