DOR to start widening Sunkosh-Dagapela secondary highway

The Department of Roads (DOR) will soon start widening the Sunkosh to Dagapela secondary highway. The detailed Project Report for the work is complete and the detailed survey is underway. Once, its complete the report will be submitted to Gross National Happiness Commission for approval.

The 45-km road will be started next year. The government has allocated Nu 80mn for the widening work of the road. The work is funded by GoI through Project Tied Assistance (PTA) funding. C B Mongar, DOR’s Chief Engineer at Sarpang said that the department is waiting for the government’s directives to start the project.

The work includes widening, blacktopping and construction of drainage system along the road. The narrow road is affected by monsoon annually affecting commuters. With the increase in traffic movement it has become necessary for the government to work on maintenance of the road. “Accidents and traffic congestion has become common along the road. So the work is prioritized,” CB Mongar said.

The single lane road was started in 1993. The roadhas been used by the villagers of five gewogs of Dagana Dzongkhag. The road is connected to ongoing Dagapela to Lhamoizhingkha secondary highway construction, which will complete soon. People will have direct access to Lhamoizhingkha using the road.

However, the deadline for the work is not known. The engineer said that it will be confirmed after completing the detailed survey.

Krishna Ghalley from Sarpang