Thromde: Thimphu thromde is giving a facelift to the bypass under the bridge at Olarongchu.

Concreting of the about 30-metre 200mm think road with steel reinforcement has already begun.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that the thromde resurfaced the potholes and blacktopped the road many times but waters from a gap between the bridge cause damage to the road.

Water from the drains seep into the craters and destroy the road.

Part of the road has been cemented and motorists are not allowed to ply on it because it takes about 14 days for the cement to get set, after which, the remaining part of the road will be cemented.

“The blacktop does not last long. We are now going for concreting with steel reinforcement,” said Kinlay Dorjee. “It is the only option we have.”

Sonam Tshering, a resident of Olakha, said it used to be “very frustrating” having to drive through the road everyday from home to office and back.

“If I am not in a hurry, I drive all the way to the zero point in Babesa to avoid the potholes,” said Sonam Tshering. “But most of the times, especially in the morning hours when we head to work, we have no option but to drive through the road.”

The reinforced concrete will cost thromde about Nu 590,000, almost double the cost of blacktopping the road.

Dechen Tshomo