Lyonchhen conducts surprise drilling to check quality of East-West highway

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay drive towards Trongsa yesterday and on the way Lyonchhen stopped at various points to inspect the progress and the quality of East -West Highway.

Lyonchhen commended the site supervisors and the contractors for the job well done. Core cutting for the road which was already blacktopped between Thimphu and Lobesa was carried at two different locations to assess if they are as per the specification drawn by the government. In both the cases it was noted that they have not only met the specifications but have gone beyond the actual required specification of 125mm.

Lyonchhen is accompanied by Finance Lyonpo Namgay Dorji and Secretary of MoWHS, Phuntsho Wangdi.

In September 2015 the Prime Minister gave a clear warning to contractors of the east-west highway asking them to do a good quality job or forego similar future jobs. He had also said that he would personally conduct surprise and random checks to check the quality of the highway construction.

The PM said that the government was open to applying similar standards in other construction projects for ensuring good quality construction in Bhutan

The PM had said that the government would like to use the lessons and the successes enjoyed from this very important project which involves around 3 dozen contractors to other parts of the construction sector.

At the time the PM had said that on his request the contractors have agreed to extend the liability period from 1 year to 3 years on the highway. If there are defects on the road within the 3 years then the contractors are liable for the repair works.

He said the government has ensured that it will provide everything to deliver a quality job on the construction of the east-west highway.

The PM had said he was confident that as long as the government did its part in providing finances and technical backstopping on time, the high way will complete in time and all the specifications can be met.

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