Road right of way ques­tioned in the Na­tional Coun­cil

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Dur­ing the ques­tion hour ses­sion in the Na­tional Coun­cil last Fri­day with the Min­is­ter for Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment, Trongsa MP Tharchen en­quired re­gard­ing the uni­for­mity in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the road right of way be­tween dif­fer­ent Dzongkhags, the need to come up with pol­icy guide­lines that har­mo­nizes pro­vi­sions of the Road Act 2013 with stan­dard re­quire­ment for road right of way for Dzongkhag roads and farm roads and the rea­sons for af­fected peo­ple not be­ing com­pen­sated for the en­tire land­hold­ings.

Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said that for struc­tures that were built be­fore the Road Act was passed were al­lowed to be re­tained as they were and that peo­ple were al­lowed to cul­ti­vate the land within 50 ft on ei­ther side of the road. She said that for the high­ways, 50 ft on ei­ther side of the cen­ter­line was man­dated by the law. Since there was no clear dis­tance from the cen­ter­line for Dzongkhag and farm roads, it was pro­posed in the new rules and reg­u­la­tions to have 30 ft for Dzongkhag roads and 20 ft for farm roads. She said that right of way for farm roads was sim­ply pro­posed as a guide­line since the pre­rog­a­tive to con­struct farm roads lay with the lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

The Min­is­ter pointed out that the Gov­ern­ment did not have the means for giv­ing land or cash com­pen­sa­tions for af­fected land or struc­tures along the high­ways. She said pay­ment of such com­pen­sa­tions would be con­sid­ered as and when road widen­ing took place. She in­formed the House that when­ever land prob­lems arose due to road widen­ing, mat­ters were re­ferred to the Land Com­mis­sion for ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

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