Delay in relocation of Gelephu Dungkhag discussed in the current session of the parliament
Since the 7th session of the Dzongkhag Tshogdu of Sarpang Dzongkhag had decided to shift the Gelephu Dungkhag to Umling gewog, but till now the work has not been started so far, for that during the Q&A session of the 5th session of 2nd Parliament, the Member from Gelephu constituency questioned the Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs on why the Gelephu Dungkhag was not relocated despite the decision being reached for this more than a year ago.
MP Gopal Gurung said that the decision was taken with voting process during the 7th session of Dzongkhag Tshogdu that Dungkhag headquarter will be shifted to Umling gewog. He said that from Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs the Dzongkhag haven’t received any directive as of now.
Although as per the Dzonkhag Tshogdu, it has been decided that the Gelephu Dungkhag will be shifted to Umling gewog, but from government side is there any barrier for shifting or if it is to be shifted, he questioned that when the shifting of Dungkhag will take place.
He said that the local government concerned had already decided to relocate the Dungkhag and was accordingly submitted to the Ministry for necessary actions.
Responding to the query, the Minister for Home & Cultural Affairs, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said that Umling gewog was identified as the new Dungkhag headquarters by the local government and people of the area.
Since the Gelephu Dungkhag is located with Thromde, Lyonpo said that the shifting of Dungkhag headquarter found that it necessary to shift to other places. But shifting to Chuzaegang or Umling or to Sershong, the decision should be taken by the local people. “To shift the Dungkhag headquarter will it benefit the people from security problem and people of these gewog will also do not have to come to Gelephu by crossing the Mao river, which is also the risk for the people” said the Lyonpo.
He said that during their visit last year, people have full support for shifting of Dungkhag headquarter but to shift the Dungkhag, government will not decide in which gewog the Dungkhag headquarter will be shifted, it has to decide as per the rules and regulation of democracy, so local government has to decide.
He said that officials of the local government have spoken with the people and also decided in the Tshogdu and has finalized to shift the Dungkhag in Umling. For that the application was reached to Home Ministry but still due to the concern and problems faced by some of the public, the application was sent back to Sarpang Dzongkhag to decide properly.
However, Lyonpo added that the government had identified 5 acres of land at Umling for establishment of Dungkhag headquarter and thus necessary approvals were being sought from the National Land Commission (NLC) for land related issues. The Minister also said that it would take longer time to relocate the Dungkhag as there was no bridge over the Mao River to reach Umling. He said that the government is constantly working on the issue and from the Dzongkhag sides, engineer were also send to study the areas and the planning are also in progress.
The shifting of the Dungkhag headquarter was delayed since there is no bridge in Mao river and due to that the work in Umling was affected even after getting the permission from the land commission and after completing the planning and the budget allocation , the Lyonpo added .