Phuentsholing Town Gets a Make-Over

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The Thromde is also hopeful that more Phuentsholing based companies will come forward and initiate activities to beautify the Thromde.

Beautification works in Phuentsholing. (Source: https://smilepandatours.com)

 

The border town of Phuentsholing is getting a make-over. This is going by the many works and activities that have been carried out in and within the town in recent years.

Works on laying the new footpaths to cleaning the drainage have already begun from the second gate till the Royal Bhutan Army office.

Beautification works in Phuentsholing

Beautification works in Phuentsholing, according to the Thrompon, initially started when Tashi Commercial Corporation, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility in 2014 to mark the 60th Birth Anniversary of Druk Gyalpo the Fourth, constructed a Mani Dungkhor and a park right above the main traffic under package one. Around Nu 20mn was spent on the beautification works.

Meanwhile, the construction of footpaths and greening within the town are currently about to be completed with expenses incurred amounting to around Nu 7mn. The drains inside the core town are presently being maintained and all the footpaths are also getting a facelift.

Another development phase will begin near the Youth Development Fund office and the northern bypass which is expected to cost around Nu 7mn.

The Thromde office has also developed a park at Zangtopelri in Phuenstholing last year.

The Thrompon said, “It develops a charm for people visiting the town.”

Encouraging Phuentsholing based companies to partake in the beautification of the town

The Thromde is also hopeful that more Phuentsholing based companies will come forward and initiate activities to beautify the Thromde.

“There are lots to do. We would be glad to see companies and institutions volunteering. At last the town is very important for everyone,” Thrompon Uttar Kumar Rai said.

As an unplanned town, according to the Thrompon, the Thromde is facing challenges in implementing planned activities in Phuentsholing. The earlier planners have not included land pooling of 30% of their land to provide necessary facilities.

The Thromde, however, now plans to restart planning and provide facilities after it is completed.

“We can provide after proper planning is completed to avoid mishaps. So far, the Thromde receives many complaints in connection to road and drainage leakages where the Thromde is left helpless. There is no proper space to solve the problem,” the Thrompon said.

Solutions sought to ease traffic congestion

On the solution to the narrow roads for traffic leading to Kabreytar and Dhamdara, the Thrompon said proper planning from the Thromde and close coordination from the landowners are necessary to move ahead with developmental activities.

“After installing the entire facilities in the core town, the Thromde will then look into developing extended Thromdes in the six constituencies. We hope people will cooperate with the administration,” Uttar Kumar Rai said.

 

By Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing (This article first appeared in Business Bhutan and has been edited for the New Bhutan Times).

 


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