The Mugu Humla Link Road (MHLR) has passed through a number of challenging sections starting from the Ruga settlement. With the combined effort of field team and experienced operators; we defeated most of the technically challenging sections requiring excavation along the alignment. However, at present the field team are facing three last major bottlenecks at Jacche-Ghanduska, Melikot-Ghattekhola of Bohorabada and a rocky portion just before entering Deuli. Due to steep terrain and the fragile nature of soil at Jacche-Ghanduska section, the speed of work could not be achieved as expected, despite the team’s best efforts and hard work. To ensure the final remaining section of track opening could progress, a diversion up to Bohorabada through Thadichaur-Jaanche-Ghattekhola was executed. This diversion will not form the final part of the road but was created to just allow the excavator to pass the section requiring a rock breaker, and on to continue opening the rest of the track. On 28th December, people of Bohorabada heartily welcomed the field team to use the track that had been previously created by an excavator not associated with the project. By following this path, it was possible to divert without harming a single tree nor any other physical damage on existing structure. As such, 2 excavators and a rock breaker entered Bohorabada and rejoined our alignment nearby Ghattekhola and have begun working from the other side of the challenging section. It is hoped this will ensure much faster progress with teams working on both sides, there are now 5 excavators and one breaker working at Bohorabada and Bagwani section.
We can never express in words quite how challenging the terrain our team are facing. In one section they are faced with a nearly vertical cliff about 100m length. The rock breaker is needed to be used to break through that section to create a track that can then be widen later on. This requires a lot of fuel, in a very remote area but we are managing fuel supply through mules and at times human power too.
In spite of working on probably one of the remotest and highest road projects in the world, the field team continues to give their full effort and energy to achieving the construction target on time.