The road between Langjophakha and Dechhenchholing is being expanded. Good.
Traffic on the single-lane road that connects the upper precincts of Thimphu valley with the town had become heavy and dangerous. So it was time to widen the road to accommodate the growing number of vehicles.
The government is executing the work departmentally. And they’re doing a pretty good job. It’s been barely 3 weeks since starting the project in Langjophakha and they’ve already reached the Dechhenchholing bridge area. Impressive.
But some people have complained. Sonam commented that commuting has become difficult and unpredictable. And Laurence set me this email, which, incidentally, has not been published by the newspapers.
Dear Tshering Tobgay,
Please find below information I sent to some newspapers today. I thought you may be interested since you are also a Taba resident, and you may be able to do something about it.
I called the Director of DoR and tried to make him understand, but without success. He said that we cannot work based on ‘suppositions’…(IF something happens)!
Please feel free to contact me if you want.
As usual, I was going back today to Taba during lunch time to breastfeed my baby. Since the road works along the Taba road started, I use the Royal Palace road to Dechencholing, and then cross the bridge to go to Taba.
To my big surprise today, the bridge at Dechencholing was also closed, because they also started the works at that side of the road. The road was blocked a few meters after the bridge towards Taba, so there was no way any car could go through.
I definitely had a problem since my baby was waiting for my milk at home. But I thought this is a big issue for all the other residents in Taba. What would happen in case of an emergency? In case of fire of a house in Taba for example? In case of a seriously sick person living in Taba who has to be urgently taken to the hospital? Both ways (from Lanjupakha and from Dechencholing) are blocked at the same time! It would take some time to clear off the road (whatever way) if there is such an emergency case!
What about the hundreds of school kids from Nima High School who have to walk along the ways while the bulldozers are busy taking and pushing large quantities of soil and big stones, boulders? What if a stone or boulder would fall on one of the kids?
The issue is not about the inconvenience the road works are causing, which will of course benefit Taba residents in the long run. The issue here is about security. How can both ways be closed and blocked at the same time? This is totally irresponsible! It is against any security prevention measures!!!
Why could DoR not use their brains and think of having the 2 ways closed and blocked at different timing so that at least there is always one way open and there is always free access in case of any emergency??? It should not be very complicated. Especially given that the part from Taba to Dechencholing bridge is not a big stretch, so they could for example work on that bit during the opening hours from Langjupakha side.
Thanks in advance for reporting on this issue!