Roadblocks cleared but travellers cautioned

The many roadblocks that had occurred across the country have been cleared, but due to continuous rain, risks to the travellers and the chances of the roadblocks happening remain.

Roadblocks on the Gyelposhing-Nganglam highway have been cleared. Department of Road’s (DoR) site engineer Sanman Tamang said vehicles as yet are allowed to ply only during the day.

“The road is very small currently. We will have to widen it, which might take around 12 days,” Sanman Tamang said.

DoR engineer Dhan Raj Chhetri said that the road between Yadi-Korila in Monagr, which was blocked on July 10, opened to traffic by evening. Trashigang-Samdrupjongkhar highway, which was blocked since July 10, was cleared yesterday.

Roadblock at Ossey on Gelephu-Tingtibi highway opened to traffic on the evening of July 10.

“The road is not stable and we are working to expand it,” said DoR engineer Kharananda Gautam.

The roadblock at Reotala on Trongsa-Zhemgang highway was also cleared yesterday. However, the block at Dzongkhaglum is yet to be cleared. Chief engineer with DoR, Tougay Choedup, said that the block at Dzongkahglum could take about three days to be cleared.

Sunkosh-Dagana roadblock is expected to be cleared today. Executive engineer with DoR, Pema Choda, said the boulders and landslides continue to occur.

The Manitar-Raidak-Lhamoizinkha roadblock is yet to be cleared.

Kharbandhi-Pasakha-Manitar and the Phuntsholing-Hallaley-Samtse highways opened yesterday.

Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) has cautioned the public to avoid travelling via Assam as the bridge at Champa has been damaged.

Chief Transport Officer, Karma Pemba, said there has been several cancellation of the public transport service because of the roadblocks.

“If the bus are somehow stuck at a block, we try and help them by transshipping passenger and by diverting the route,” he added.

Phurpa Lhamo

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