Project Dantak

The Prime Minister complimented Border Roads Organisation Project Dantak’s initiative to mark the 64th Raising Day.

EstablishmentOn April 24, 1961, the third monarch of Bhutan and then-Indian Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru signed an agreement.
ObjectiveIdentify the most significant components of connectedness and promote Bhutan’s socioeconomic development and growth.
ResponsibilityBuild and maintain roads in Bhutan that are suitable for motorised transportation.
Legal ProvisionEstablished under the terms of the 1949 Indo-Bhutan Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

Works and Involvement

Infrastructure DevelopmentBuilding infrastructure in neighbouring Indian areas, such as the Sherbathang-Nathu La road, the Gangtok-Sherbathang road, and the Sevoke-Gangtok route.
Establishment of FacilitiesSetting of medical and educational facilities in outlying locations, which were the first in those places.
Takthi CanteenTakthi Canteen, also known as DANTAK Canteen, is a popular stop for travellers travelling between Phuentsholing and Thimphu.
Recruitment of WorkersRecruiting local Bhutanese employees and Indian workers from other districts such as Jaigaon, Alipurduar, and other regions of Eastern and North-Eastern India on a monthly basis.
Supervision of WorkPosting of Indian authorities to supervise work.

Incidents and controversies

  • DANTAK was accused by the Bhutanese government of putting Indian tricolor-themed raised pavement marks or reflectors on highway railings. DANTAK confirmed their presence, and the reflectors were replaced promptly.
  • In February 2021, a 204-meter-long bridge in Haa along the Damchu-Haa road collapsed, killing three employees and leaving six others missing. The contractor turned over the bridge to Project DANTAK.
  • The project has been chastised for its approach to hiring and labour management.

Major projects are being undertaken

  • Paro Airport was built in 1968 as an airstrip for the Indian Armed Forces’ on-call helicopter services. The site is now used as an international airport.
  • Yonphula Airport: Bhutan’s Domestic Airport
  • Damchu-Chukha Road: Major Road in Bhutan Thimphu-Trashigang Highway: Major Highway in Bhutan
  • India The Indian Embassy in Bhutan has a house estate.
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