Traffic restored on Phuentsholing – Thimphu highway
Heavy rains in last week saw multiple landslides and widespread damages to the roads in many parts of the country. The entire team Dantak has been at work to clear the slides all through the week and their herculean effort finally saw entire Phuentsholing - Thimphu road being opened for traffic yesterday.
Though the numerous slides and damages, which occurred on Phuentsholing - Thimphu road, were cleared and maintained within 24 hours, the entire road which was washed away on 24 July at Kamji (22 Km) required an equipment bridge to be launched to bridge the gap.
After due deliberation and looking at the ground condition it was decided to launch a 160 ft double reinforced Bailey bridge on the breach and the work started on 25 Jul. The Bailey bridge is a joint effort of Project Dantak and Department of Roads with majority of the stores having been provided by DOR some stores have been collected from Indian Army units.
The complete construction work was carried out by Project Dantak. Despite numerous challenges the men and equipment of Project Dantak worked round the clock and completed the bridge on 30 July.
Brig PKG Mishra, Chief Engineer, Project Dantak was himself present on the site and remained there till restoration of traffic through bridge. He also briefed His Majesty The King and Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay about the condition of the roads and its restoration work being carried out by Dantak to bring back normal vehicular traffic movement.
His Majesty The King commanded Royal Bhutan Army to provide 50 men to augment the efforts of Dantak. The launch of the bridge has posed many difficulties and took considerable time due to treacherous site condition, continuous downpour, poor visibility and continuous adaptation to counter the paucity of stores.
However Project Dantak requests all commuters to be cautious while travelling from Thimphu to Phuentsholing as there are multiple slides which are being cleared along these stretches.