Bik­ing trail in­au­gu­rated in Thim­phu

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I n or­der for a ef­fec­tive and mar­ket driven plan­ta­tions, land­scap­ing and other di­ver­si­fied prod­ucts, Joao Crav­inho, EU Am­bas­sador to In­dia and Bhutan, and the Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter, Yeshey Dorji in­au­gu­rated the Green Bhutan ini­tia­tive at Ser­bithang. Their Ex­cel­len­cies also in­au­gu­rated the new bik­ing trail in Kuenselpho­drang.

At the in­au­gu­ra­tion, the min­is­ter shared that the Green Bhutan is an in­no­va­tive ven­ture that will not only pro­vide eco­nomic and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the peo­ple but also help en­sure the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment of the need to main­tain at least 60 % for­est cover for all times to come. ‘I am per­son­ally thrilled and ex­cited about its im­me­di­ate im­ple­men­ta­tion and urge you all to sup­port it’, he added.

Am­bas­sador Joao Crav­inho said that EU shares a close re­la­tion­ship with Bhutan flour­ished through dia­logue and trust. He ex­pressed that he is happy to be as­soci- ated with this re­mark­able ini­tia­tive.

The ini­tia­tive is one of the few agri­cul­ture ven­tures that the Min­istry is opt­ing to cor­po­ra­tize. It is also aimed at re­al­iz­ing His Majesty’s re­cent state­ment, “Where we live must be clean, safe, or­ga­nized and beau­ti­ful, for na­tional in­tegrity, na­tional pride and for our bright fu­ture. This too is na­tion build­ing.”

The ini­tia­tive is ex­pected to in­spire ap­pre­ci­a­tion for beau­ti­ful spa­ces, foster com­mu­nity vi­tal­ity, and en­cour­age the growth of vi­brant en­trepreneur­ship in flori­cul­ture and land­scap­ing across the na­tion. It fur­ther in­tends to cen­tral­ize plan­ta­tions and nurs­ery devel­op­ment to pro­vide prod­ucts and ser­vices in­clud­ing qual­ity seeds and seedlings.

Ac­cord­ing to a spokesper­son, the 3.5 km long bik­ing trail con­nects Kuenselpho­drang and Depsi serv­ing three pur­poses. It will check hap­haz­ard ur­ban ex­pan­sion around Thim­phu, act as a fire line and pro­vide ac­cess for com­bat­ing fire dur­ing for­est fire inci- dences and pro­vide di­rect out­door recre­ational benefits to Thim­phu city dwellers.

The Na­ture Recre­ation and Eco­tourism Di­vi­sion (NRED) con­structed the trail at a cost of Nu. 1.8 mil­lion. NRED is plan­ning to con­struct ap­prox­i­mately 60 kms bik­ing trails in Thim­phu, the first phase is be­ing com­pleted.

Both in­au­gu­ra­tions were a part of the Min­istry’s sev­eral ini­tia­tives to com­mem­o­rate the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty The Fourth King

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