Dantak deploys all resources to keep the road open
The unprecedented rainfall being witnessed in Bhutan over the last few days brought multiple and heavy landslides along both the major arteries of Bhutan of road in Phuentsholing- Thimphu and Samdrup JongkharTrashigang highway which threw vehicular traffic off gear on Friday.
The gallant men of Project Dantak swung into immediate action in the morning and cleared the eleven slides on the eastern axis and opening the road for vehicular traffic by the evening. The Project in the process lost the life of one person employed in slide clearance duty.
The damages on Road Phuentsholing- Thimphu have been graver and the road section between Phuentsholing and Takthi has been damaged at a number of places. The slide clearance and restoration work is being supervised since Friday evening by none other than the Chief Engineer, Dantak himself.
The herculean effort by personnel of Dantak saw road being opened for light vehicle traffic by 10.30 pm on Friday itself. However the overnight rain again saw a number of slides on the road but vehicular traffic was restored by 11 am again and the commuters heaved a sigh of relief.
The men and equipment of Dantak have been at work to clear the slides all through Saturday and vehicles are being allowed to cross through in batches while the slide clearance work is being carried out simultaneously.
The section between km 20.5 and km 23 is the worst affected wherein a portion of the road has been washed away with barely adequate width remaining for light vehicles to pass through. Immediate temporary measures have been ordered to be taken up as per the direction of the Chief Engineer by ground executives and all resources at the disposal of the Project have been deployed to restore all types of vehicular traffic.
Meanwhile Project Dantak is updating the details of the road condition to BBS for information of the road users.