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The Ministry of Road Safety & Transport Authority (MoRSTA) is planning to undertake the construction of a tunnel in Bhutan.
The project involves the construction of a 10.6km tunnel. It will include the construction of roadways, ventilation shaft, and the installation of surveillance cameras and radio systems and signaling and communications systems.
The project is planned to be implemented under public-private partnership (PPP) basis.
The tunnel will be bored using tunnel boring machine (TBM).
Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), Norwegian Geotechnical institute (NGI) and SkyTEM have been appointed to undertake the feasibility study.
In March 2010, Preliminary feasibility study works completed.
In May 2012, Norwegian government provided US$5 million funding for detailed feasibility study.
On March 18, 2014, aerial feasibility study commenced and was carried out for four days and another 11-day survey was carried out on site.
In September 2014, NGI and DGM received US$300,000 fund from Norwegian agency for development (NORAD). NGI and DGM is expected to receive US$80,600 from NORAD to conduct the borehole investigations.
Feasibility study activities are underway.
The project involves the construction of a 10.6km road tunnel connecting Thimphu with Wangdue in Bhutan.
The US$950 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of roadways
2. Construction of a ventilation shaft
3. Installation of surveillance cameras and radio systems
4. Installation of signaling and communications systems