Road: The half a kilometre road between Baunijhora and Bhalujhora towards Pasakha has become a menace to travellers and residents of the area. The road usually muddy in the summer becomes a source of dust in the winter.

A taxi driver, Ugyen, who was transporting travellers from Phuentsholing to Pasakha said that this portion of the road has been a problem for a long time now.

Ugyen said that relevant agencies have done nothing to improve the condition of the road in the past few years.

Another taxi driver Rudra Singh Ghalley who lives in Pasakha said that the bad road conditions is causing damage to vehicles.

A Pasakha resident  A R Gurung who works in one of the companies at the Pasakha industrial estate said that the constant dust could have health implications on those living in the area.

While the road falls under Phuentsholing Thromde, it is also under the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) project.

However, the delay in this project has in turn delayed the blacktopping and maintenance of the road. Since the road falls under the project, the thromde will not consider the matter currently.

A bridge each will be constructed in Baunijhora and Bhalujhora under the SASEC project. The thromde will also construct a land customs station once the contracting firm reclaims and hands over the required land.

Some people are also expecting the companies in Pasakha to repair the road.

However, at the pace the SASEC project is progressing, most are not expecting the road to be fixed anytime soon.

Rajesh Rai | Phuentsholing