City ad­dress­ing and door to door de­liv­ery ser­vice launch

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The Thim­phu Thromde in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bhutan Post of­fi­cially launched the city ad­dress­ing and door-to door ser­vice de­liv­ery at a func­tion held in the clock tower square last Tues­day.

The sec­re­tary of min­istry of works and hu­man set­tle­ment Dasho (Dr) Sonam Ten­zin who was the chief guest at the launch said that the need for a city ad­dress­ing sys­tem in Bhutan was felt strongly by the gov­ern­ment which di­rected Thim­phu Thromde and Bhutan Post to come up with a city ad­dress­ing sys­tem in Bhutan in 2010. He fur­ther stressed that an ef­fec­tive city ad­dress­ing will help the au­thor­i­ties in col­lec­tion of tax which is very poor in Bhutan now.

Bhutan Post launched post­code and stan­dard ad­dress­ing sys­tem on 21st Fe­bru­ary 2010 and in or­der to take for­ward the stan­dard ad­dress­ing sys­tem and im­prove mail de­liv­ery sys­tem, it is es­sen­tial to have cor­rect street, build­ing and place names/num­bers in place. In this re­gard, a joint project on the same was ini­ti­ated by Bhutan Post & Thim­phu Thromde to de­velop a city ad­dress­ing sys­tem in Thim­phu.

It is an op­er­a­tion that al­lo­cates num­ber to build­ings, as­sign­ing names to all the towns’ streets. Street ad­dress­ing de­fines its ad­dress by means of a sys­tem of maps, street signs in­di­cat­ing the num­bers or names of streets, build­ings, unit num­ber­ing and mail­boxes. The ad­dress is de­fined in re­la­tion to the street and the build- ings are num­bered odd on the left and even on the right. The cod­ing sys­tem makes it easy to lo­cate each street, plot of land or a dwelling. Com­po­nents of street ad­dress­ing are street name, build­ing num­ber, unit num­ber and mail boxes that de­fine an in­di­vid­ual ad­dress. Build­ing num­ber is es­sen­tial to iden­tify spe­cific build­ing which will re­sult in sys­tem­atic city ad­dress sys­tem and for the easy sorting of mails. The city ad­dress­ing stan­dard is de­fined in re­la­tion to street.

Thim­phu Thrompon Kin­lay Dor­jee said many de­part­ments like Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion, Bhutan Tele­com and oth­ers want to pro­vide ser­vices but in the ab­sence of house num­ber or num­ber of house­holds they can­not pro­vide their ser­vices. Since 2012 and with sup­port from the gov­ern­ment, the Thromde has es­tab­lished Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) map­ping.

The pi­lot project area in­cludes Norzin Lam, Chang Lam, Wogzin Lam and Samten Lam. City ad­dress­ing will not only con­trib­ute to the ef­fi­ciency and qual­ity of postal ser­vices but will also fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness trade ac­tiv­i­ties and con­se­quently na­tional devel­op­ment. It will greatly as­sist for re­li­able, ef­fi­cient sorting and fa­cil­i­tate door to door de­liv­ery sys­tem and above all de­fine in­di­vid­ual ad­dress­ing sys­tem for the bet­ter de­liv­ery of ser­vices to the public.

The func­tion was at­tended by Sec­re­tary of Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, of­fi­cials from Thim­phu Thromde and Bhutan Postal Cor­po­ra­tion.

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