Staff Reporter  

The Department of Roads (DoR) procured a Toyota Hilux, Toyota Hiace bus, three JCB wheel loaders, and six mini hand-held rollers worth Nu 29.82 million (M) with Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding through SASEC Road Connectivity Project.

According to DoR, the Toyota bus will be customised to fit Road Measurement Data Acquisition System equipment. ROMDAS equipment shall collect asset and pavement information using locally-sourced road survey vehicles.

The JCB Wheel Loader will be fitted with a dozer blade and will be used as a snow-clearing machine during the winter season at Dochula, Pelela, and Thrumshingla, among others.

“It shall be used as a payloader to clear slip clearance and landslides during other seasons,” said the DoR press release. JCB Wheel Loader will be handed over to three regional offices.

“The snow-clearing machines shall be of significant use in keeping these road stretches open to commuters this winter,” DoR’s press release stated.

For the routine maintenance and pothole repairs works across the country, DoR says they would use mini hand-held rollers. It shall be handed over to six regional offices.

The supplier, Ugen Auto, handed over the machines and vehicles to the department yesterday.

The SASEC Road Connectivity Project also funded Pasakha Access Road, Northern Bypass Road, Allay Land Custom Station and Mini Dry Port at Phuentsholing.