Of the 28 people who participated in the eight-day explosives handling training in Phuentsholing, only 15 were awarded certificates on May 9.

The 13 people, who did not get a certificate at the end of the training, could not score 66 percent and above in the test conducted.

Participants were from companies such as Kholongchhu Hydropower Project (KHP), Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL), Rabdhuen Private Limited, STCBL, and other companies that deal with explosives.

The Department of Law and Order (DLO), in collaboration with the stakeholders, organised the training.

During the closing ceremony, DLO director Tashi Penjor said that the usage of explosives in the country is increasing every year with increasing development activities.

He said that certain skills are needed to transport explosives from one place to another and storing them in a proper place. “This training would help you.”

The director also said that accidents could be avoided if explosives are used cautiously. “Explosives should be used only for the right and authorised reasons.”

A participant, Namgyel, who is a supervisor with DCCL, said this training would be of immense help. “Through this training, I will be able to do blasting works in emergencies.”

DCCL and Kholongchhu supported the fund for the training.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing