This is in continuation of my earlier article last week where I mention that with the onset of winter the potholes on some sections of our roads “are finally giving us true pictures of how deep they are as the water in them dry up.”
Like the dust in the air, potholes are undesirable; they are nightmares for the drivers, fatal for the cars and spell danger for the pedestrians. I say dangerous because there are chances that drivers might lose control of their engines while trying to avoid these potholes and such incidences would lead to loss of human lives.
We all know that the Department of Road (DOR) is doing an excellent job in building our roads. And the magnitude of the work they are executing everywhere, even as I type these lines, is truly impressive. Thank you, DOR for that.
And potholes, I believe, are like wounds on a human body. If we take care of wounds from the beginning and treat them with care, they heal in time. Such wounds, when healed, leave no visible scars on our skins. Same is true with potholes.
More potholes mean more resources are required to fix them. Because most of the time we tend to fix the potholes only when the holes are large enough to accomodate an elephant. Do we need to wait until such time to fix them? Can we save nine stitches with just one?
That’s why we need a new Department or an NGO that has the sole mandate to fix the potholes. We may call Potholes-fixing Department or simply Potholes Org. I think that will solve half our road problems.
This will also allow DOR officials to focus on building quality roads and not lose time in fixing the potholes. A team from Potholes Org. maybe tasked to assess the road conditions and identify potholes. And then the other team will follow the assessment team at the identified sites to fix them with the adequate tools and resources. That way, in the shortest possible time, we will have our potholes fixed as soon as they start to form on our roads. We will save millions by fixing them before they form big pits that eat our small resources. Potholes Org. will require a team of highly committed people.
But whether we start Potholes Org or not, the point is, all of us need to do our bit; let’s not wait for the officials to fix small potholes that are beginning to form in front of our apartments or parking lots. Organizations can only do so much!
By Nawang P. Phuntsho
The writer works for an NGO and lives in Thimphu with his wife and four-year-old daughter. He is a blogger and a social worker.