For any discerning user of the Expressway these days in Thimphu one is usually greeted by the sight of school children practicing marathon along the road.
What is more dangerous is that most of the practice happens in the evenings when the lighting is not good and it is not easy to spot students running on the expressway. We can also see children crossing the Expressway without warning and to the obvious shock of drivers.
In any other country the traffic police would stop people running on the expressway in large numbers due to the obvious dangers but here in Bhutan it has become the norm.
The schools and principals responsible for allowing children to undertake such life threatening marathon exercise should be brought to task and held accountable especially if any child is killed or injured which is highly likely.
In addition to school children the expressway is already unsafe with numerous illegal crossings where people, small children and even animals nonchalantly cross the streets even in the middle of thick traffic.
This is obviously a dangerous practice as borne out by the growing cases of pedestrians being killed and injured on the expressway.
Here, I feel the Thimphu thromde and the government is to blame for allowing these illegal crossings and not taking any measures to provide either foot over bridges or underground passages to cross the street.
The other problem of the expressway is also the large number of taxis and other vehicles that are illegally parked on the road with no bother and care in the world as to who is driving behind them.
While it is good that the traffic police are catching and fining speeding motorists on the expressway all the authorities concerned should also ensure that the road is safe to drive on.
At the current rate our famed expressway will soon resemble the main road in Jaigaon which is packed with vehicles, people and animals.
I propose we change the name from expressway to that of a normal highway to reflect the reality on the ground.