Traf­fic re­stored on Phuentshol­ing – Thim­phu high­way

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Dorji

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.

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