One of the biggest road problems facing motorists heading north through the heart of the Odote Valley is a lack of roads.
The region has been without paved roads since a major highway reconstruction project, the Highway 1, was completed in 2011.
As part of the rehabilitation, roads were widened to accommodate the new highway, but some sections remain unpatrolled.
Road conditions are also a challenge in the middle of the year, as the frosty weather forces some drivers to take alternate routes through the mountains.
Roads are now mostly open.
But in February, some sections were closed and some road work was delayed.
The roads have now been reopened, but only if you want to get to the city of Kolkata, a journey of nearly 10,000 kilometres.
There are no toll booths in Odot, but you can drive to the main highway from the main town of Kondhpur.
The main road between Kondhar and Kalki is still closed.
For the past three years, there has been a shortage of trucks and lorries, said Dinesh Sharma, who manages the roads department of the state government.
The state government was trying to bring more trucks on the road, but it has proved to be an uphill battle.
On average, every four to six hours, the roads are impassable.
“This year, there is a lot of traffic, so there has not been any improvement in the condition of the roads,” said Sharma.
In the last two months, there have been three deaths on the roads.
One of them was a 40-year-old woman from Kolkatta who was killed when she fell on the highway.
The accident left her on a life-changing journey.
“The road was blocked by ice and snow and she was going about 150 km an hour, which is impossible,” said Suresh Mishra, who runs the road department.
Road construction projects started in 2011 and have continued unabated ever since.
The highway has now been completed, and in January, the government announced a series of road works that included the construction of road bridges and concrete structures, as well as laying roads, roads and roads.
Road works are expected to last three months.
“Roads will be open and we will have to wait till the winter,” said Dhananjay Kumar, the deputy commissioner of police.
Road congestion, poor driving habits, the slow pace of road maintenance, and lack of proper signage have created the conditions for many drivers to delay their trip.
On Tuesday, a group of 10 to 20 vehicles were stranded in the Kondari area of the district for over two days, waiting for repairs on a bridge over the Kalka river.
They were stranded for two days after a section of the bridge broke, forcing the construction work to be halted.
A road-construction project was delayed by more than two months.
The project, which was started in 2012, was meant to be completed in five years.
But it was delayed to April 2019 due to lack of funds.