The Border Roads Organisation Project Dantak is an overseas project under the Ministry of Defence of India, established on 24 April 1961 as a result of an agreement between Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third king of Bhutan, and then Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru. Project Dantak has been instrumental in developing infrastructure and providing connectivity in remote areas of Bhutan.
History and Milestones:
Project Dantak was primarily tasked with constructing motorable roads in Bhutan. In 1968, it completed the road connecting Samdrup Jongkhar to Trashigang, and in the same year, Thimphu was connected to Phuentsholing by Dantak. These pioneering projects were essential in connecting the remote areas of Bhutan to the rest of the world, promoting trade and commerce, and improving the living standards of people living in the region.
Since then, Project Dantak has undertaken several other notable projects, including the construction of Paro Airport, Yonphula Airfield, Thimphu – Trashigang Highway, telecommunication and hydro power infrastructure, Sherubtse College, Kanglung, and India House Estate. These projects have significantly contributed to the growth and development of Bhutan.
Recruitment and Employment:
Project Dantak recruits local workers from Bhutan as well as Indian workers from adjoining districts along the India-Bhutan border. This approach has not only helped to provide employment opportunities for the local population but has also helped to build a strong bond between India and Bhutan.
Impact and Recognition:
Project Dantak has been instrumental in transforming the infrastructure and connectivity of Bhutan. Its efforts have led to better trade and commerce, improved access to healthcare and education, and a better standard of living for the people of Bhutan. The project has also been recognized for its contribution to the development of Bhutan by the Bhutanese government.