Tshering Namgyal | Mongar
The Gyalpozhing-Mongar highway at Trailing in Mongar opened to traffic on February 12 after remaining closed for almost three months.
The primary national highway remained closed to traffic after the retaining wall collapsed during the widening of the internal road that connects the highway as part of the Jarungkhashor-Trailing local area plan.
The traffic has been then diverted along an internal road from Jarungkhashor area to the milk processing unit in Trailing.
The road diversion caused inconveniences to the public and commuters, as the road is steep and narrow. About 10 accidents occurred along the bypass.
A jumbo truck veering off the road at Jarungkhashor, causing partial damage to a two-storied traditional house on the night of February 13, was the latest accident.
The incident occurred at 10pm. Although the tenants were not at home, properties were damaged.
While the dzongkhag claimed they asked the contractor to widen the road at the junction at Jarungkhashor area, the contractor denied it.
Although the highway opened to traffic, there are also vehicles plying the road because there are people residing along the road and at the Neykhang area.
Meanwhile, the highway opened to traffic although the reconstruction of the retention wall is not yet completed.
The contractor claimed the reconstruction of the wall was delayed because the dzongkhag tender committee and the contractor could not negotiate on the construction cost.
The tenure for LAP development work ended by the end of January 2022, but it was learnt that the dzongkhag administration gave additional projects to the contractor and extended time until the National Flower Exhibition scheduled in April this year.