City addressing and door to door delivery service launch
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.