Dan­tak de­ploys all re­sources to keep the road open

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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.

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