Update: Damchu-Chukha bypass now open to traffic after inauguration by PM

Staff Reporter/ Chukha

The Damchu – Chukha bypass road was opened to traffic today after it was inaugurated by Lyonchhen Dasho Tshering Tobgay.

Speaking at the event Dasho Tshering Tobgay, said, “Let this road be a reminder to celebrate our friendship. Let’s showcase the world how beautiful the relationship between Bhutan and India is.”

The bypass on Phuntsholing-Thimphu highway is expected to reduce the travel time by one hour and reduce the journey by around 19.5 km of steep uphill driving.

The length of the Damchu-Chukha bypass is 29.2 km.

Dasho said that the road will save lots of money to the travellers.

Approximately, trucks and light vehicle will save 8 and 2.5 litres of fuel respectively. The Guest of honor, Director General of Border Roads said that this road will help Bhutan in reduction of overall carbon footprint.

The bypass is important not only from the time saved perspective but also given that the Phuentsholing-Thimphu highway is the main commercial lifeline of Thimphu.

The construction of the bypass road was started on 19th March 2010. The deadline of the road completion was postponed several times due to various issues.

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